Archive for October 22nd, 2009

Celebrate Colorado Astronomy Day this Saturday!

by Treloar Bower, Curator of Education

The other evening, my 3-year-old daughter announced that she wanted to stay awake to watch the sun come up. She would be “patient” (her word) and sit, waiting for the sunrise. I suggested she take a nap to help pass the time because the sun wouldn’t rise again for at least 10 hours. Ultimately, she was making a bid to delay bedtime. She asked me lots of questions: “Where is the sun right now?” “What is a planet?”  “Where did the moon go?” I discovered that while explaining astronomy to a toddler has certain challenges, I’m thrilled that she is interested in space and I want to do everything I can to encourage her curiosity.


On Saturday, we’ll celebrate Colorado Astronomy Day here at the Museum. Some people wonder how we can explore astronomy during the day, but it’s quite easy. In fact, the closest star to our own planet can only be seen during the day! If you’re baffled by that statement, then you must have forgotten that our Sun is a star. Members of the Northern Colorado Astronomy Society will be here Saturday, one of whom has a sun scope – we can actually view the sun up-close by peering through this special instrument! The photosphere (visible surface of the sun) is covered with interesting structures, including sunspots and granules, which can be seen with the naked eye.

Planetariums are the other way to study astronomy during the day and lucky us, we have one! We can project the night sky in our domed StarLab theater to help visitors learn the locations of constellations while listening to the both the mythology stories behind the constellations and the science of the stars that form them. See our website calendar to get all the information about this Saturday’s events.

From the Archive: It’s a mystery

by Lesley Drayton, Curator, Local History Archive

From an archivist’s standpoint, I can tell you that there is no better feeling than flipping over a beautiful historic photograph and findings names, dates, locations, and other critical details written with a light, gentle pencil in clear, legible handwriting on the back. But all too often, the backs of photos are blank, and the faces, places, and events in these images are lost to time.

The Local History Archive has several folders of such “mystery photos.” Here are a few examples. Can you help identify any of these places?

This photograph is an unidentified town street. Businesses left to right: C.O.D. Store, Paul Perlinsky; Hays & Mathers Groceries; A.P. Holmes, Assayer; Francis & Merrill Grocers & Miners Supplies (Drug Store); Dry Goods/Ladies Bazaar; City Drug Store/Post Office; Flour –


Another unidentified town street. Businesses left to right: Campbell and Co. Hardware Doors Sash & Lumber (Giant – Powder, Furniture and -); S(B?)axton House Restaurant/Saloon.


This photograph is a town, possibly in Wyoming. Businesses in the photo include: Mint Saloon; F. H.? James; Emerald House; W.S. Post; W.W. Sconnell? Blacksmithing and Horseshoeing; and Union Pacific Railroad cars.


October 2009

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