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Make a Molecular Cloud

NRAO Astronomy Festival and Open House


October 11, 2009 -- NRAO Facility -- Charlottesville, VA




On October 11, the CCU participated in the 2009 Astronomy Festival held at the NRAO facility in Charlottesville, VA. The CCU booth featured molecular models of chemicals found in space and in various household products. Visitors could also build paper models of the Green Bank Telescope, one of the main radio telescopes that is used for molecular observations. Young and old were perhaps most excited about the blue cotton candy that was given out as a wispy, sweet representation of a molecular cloud! A fun afternoon was had by all, even one particularly "blue" cloud-maker!


CCU Table


The Festival also featured lectures by NRAO and STScI scientists, NRAO Technology Center demonstrations, "Ask an Astronomer" and "Fun with Stars" exhibits, and various other activities, including comet-making, telescope demonstrations, face painting, and liquid nitrogen demonstrations.


Other Activities


Download your very own GBT model here.
(Print on cardstock for best results!)


Many thanks to Jeff Hellerman for the photos seen here.