Saturday May 15th, 2021, which was Spring International Astronomy Day (and Night) was our first public outreach event in over a year. We have a good relationship with Bogue Chitto State Park located in Washington Parish about 5 miles south of Franklinton, LA. This is near our club site and in dark areas of the park away from lights we have magnitude 6.2 to 6.3 (Bortle 4 skies). May 15th was designated as International Astronomy Day as it also gives us a crescent moon as a target to supplement our other targets.
12 members from our club participated and we had approximately 100 visitors. The park was helpful in that approximately 700 fliers were distributed to park overnight visitors plus day visitors. Thanks Denise!
Targets in addition to the Moon included Mars, galaxies including those in and around Ursa Major, several open clusters, Mars and for a brief period Omega Centaurus. Good to be doing outreach again. First time in over a year due to COVID. We typically do two outreach events per year at Bogue Chitto State Park. Looks like we will be picking up a few new members because of this event!