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The University of Chicago

373 W. Geneva St, Williams Bay WI 53191 (Latitude 42 34.2, Longitude -88 33.4)
The first part of the Thursday March 24, 2011 event was spent making filters and mounting telescopes on tripods. First-time participants assembled Galileoscopes before learning how to make filters.
We learned about the HAWC instrument (with NASA’s SOFIA program) and toured the HAWC lab.
We also learned about, and used, a thermal imaging camera. Some students stood behind a chalkboard and the others could see them through the board. Students also wrote their names, with their fingers, on the table to see if it left a mark that could be seen with the camera. We also had participants drink hot and cold water to see what the inside of their mouths looked like afterward. We even had students “paint” their faces with ice cubes to see the effect on the thermal imaging camera.

During the second part of the evening we took turns observing through the 24-inch telescope, as well as the Galileoscopes they had made.

It was another very successful and eventful evening and we are looking forward to many more Family Night events in the future.
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