FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 9, 2017

CONTACT:
Kate Moore, Vice President of Marketing and Public Relations
(616) 929-1713; kmoore@grpm.org
 
Dave DeBruyn
616-929-1722  
ddebruyn@grpm.org, www.graaa.org
Grand Rapids Public Museum and Grand Rapids Amateur Astronomical Association Partner to offer Free 
“Astronomy as a Hobby” Classes and a Telescope Tune-up Clinic  
 
Grand Rapids, MI – Did you get a telescope for Christmas, or do you have one sitting around collecting dust because you find it difficult to use? Do you want to learn more about what to look for in the sky and resources that can lead to better enjoyment from backyard stargazing?  
 
Learn more about astronomy and the night sky from the Grand Rapids Public Museum (GRPM) and Grand Rapids Amateur Astronomical Association (GRAAA) as they team up to offer three introductory Saturday afternoon classes at Schuler Books and Music, 2660 28th St., Grand Rapids.  Each of the three “Astronomy as a Hobby” sessions begin at 10 a.m.  followed by a Telescope Tune-up Clinic from approximately 11:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. During the Telescope Clinic experienced amateur astronomers will adjust personal telescopes and provide advice about proper use. Those wishing to come to only a Telescope Clinic session may do so. 
 
The schedule for Astronomy as a Hobby classes: 
 
January 21 - The Ever Changing Sky with Dave DeBruyn. 
Attendees will learn what to look for and when; sky motions and seasonal attractions during  2017 for naked eye and telescope. Effective viewing of sky objects is highlighted.  
 
February 18 - Resources for Stargazing with Jim Foerch & Greg Comegys 
Attendees will hear about recommended telescopes, guide books, star charts and online resources, along with stargazing tips.    
 
March 18 – The Great Solar Eclipse with Jack McCarthy and Friends 
Attendees will learn where to go and what to do on August 21st to witness a spectacular natural event rarely see in the U.S, a total eclipse of the sun.  
 
All activities are geared to a family audience, and are free and open to the public.  

Grand Rapids Amateur Astronomical Association

The Grand Rapids Amateur Astronomical Association is a non-profit educational and scientific organization dedicated to advancing the study of astronomy and promoting astronomy and science education to the community. Located at the Veen Observatory in Lowell, MI, the GRAAA is an organization that offers information, guidance and memberships for anyone who is interested in astronomy. Visit graaa.org for more information.