The Príncipe Felipe Science Museum hosts an observation of Saturn today

Mar 9, 2005

Today Wednesday the 9th of March, the Príncipe Felipe Science Museum is hosting an astronomic observation of Saturn. This event is part of the series “Astronomy at the Museum 2005”, which includes lectures and telescope observations, held for the second year running at the City of Arts and Sciences in collaboration with the Valencia Astronomy Association (AVA).

Anyone interested in taking part in this activity can enrol, free of charge, at the information desk of the Museum or on the website of the City of Arts and Sciences, The activity planned for today will begin at 8pm with a lecture on Saturn\'s rings, given by biology lecturer Francisco Catalá at the Museum\'s Auditorium. 
At 9pm, the observation with telescopes will begin on the terrace of the Science Museum, weather permitting. During the observation, qualified staff from the Science Museum and the AVA will be on hand to help the public conduct their own observation. 
Saturn is currently at its largest from the Earth\'s perspective. The rings are still sufficiently tilted towards the Earth to make their structure very visible. The difference in shine between rings A and B will be clearly observable, as well as the Cassini gap that separates them. Only at the actual time of the observation will we know if we can observe the faint C ring, or if there is a lighter area in the clouds that surround the planet.

· Wednesday 9th March
· 20:00. Lecture. Auditorio Santiago Grisolía. From 21.00 onwards, observation from the northern terrace.
· Príncipe Felipe Science Museum, Valencia
Astronomy at the Museum 2005
The observation of double stars will be the next event, to be held on Thursday the 7th April. It will also include a talk given by Jordi Cornelles of the Valencia Astronomy Association. The first astronomy workshop will be held on the 14th of April and will teach participants how to set up a telescope and try it out with an observation of the Moon, Saturn’s rings and Jupiter’s satellites. The talk on this subject, the transit of Jupiter’s satellites will be given by Francisco Izquierdo of the AVA on the 28th of April. The next workshops will be on Movements of the Solar System and how to build a sun dial, on the 19th of May and the 18th of June respectively.
In September, Rafael C. García of the AVA will give us some tips on how to use our own telescope to observe the development of solar activity 10 days prior to the eclipse of the sun on the 3rd of October. On that day, following a discussion session, the Chairman of the AVA, Ángel Flores, will speak on this astronomic phenomenon, the most important of the year. We can watch it live at the Science Museum or on the City of Arts and Sciences website This month will also see the last of the workshops, in which we will learn how to make a star chart and a night clock. The programme of events will conclude with an observation of Mars on the 22nd of November.