Wouldn’t it be exciting to do astronomy in the Amazon, surrounded by the wild plants and animals of the rainforest? In January, visitors to the AstroZone event in Washington, DC, got to do something like that – they met dozens of astronomy professionals at the National Zoo’s Amazonia exhibit! AstroZone is a special public event that’s offered in conjunction with each meeting of the American Astronomical Society (the major professional organization for astronomers). For one afternoon, astronomers share their passion for the Universe with the local public with hands-on activities, goodies, and other special opportunities.
We talked to some of the exhibitors at the event in DC, and we wanted to share their exciting science with you. The next AstroZone event is this weekend in Miami, Florida – if that’s your hometown, come check it out at the Miami Dade Main Public Library on May 22nd!