I was the director of the planetarium at the time and had received a letter from NASA that they were broadcasting live coverage of the Voyager 1 encounter via satellite.
When I was a kid, reading library books about the solar system, there would often be a chapter at the end of the book on the Grand Tour of the Planets. A favorable alignment of the four gas giants, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune, would allow a single spacecraft to visit each of them using gravitational assist, in the distant future of the 1980s.
The purpose of the Middle Georgia Astronomical Society(MGAS), in conjunction with the Macon Museum of Arts and Sciences is to promote the interest in astronomy in the middle Georgia area. This is done through monthly meetings with guest speakers and presentations, special events, star parties and observation nights.
The study of astronomy enriches our culture by increasing the understanding of our universe. By presenting astronomical programs and events to the public, the Middle Georgia Astronomical Society and the Museum of Arts and Sciences provide opportunities for learning about and enjoying the wonders of the stars, nebulae, planets, galaxies and much more.
On EVEN-numbered months, MGAS meets in the Planetarium located at the Museum of Arts and Sciences on Forsyth Road, Macon, Georgia . On ODD-numbered months, MGAS meets at the Avaiation Museum in Warner Robins, GA. The meetings are held every second Saturday of the month at 10 AM.
-Observing is the Saturday before and after the new moon
-Visitors are welcome to attend meetings and special events.
Daily weather conditions and the outlook for astronomical seeing can be found at the Intellicast SkyWatch page
Excellent accounts of daily astronomical events throughout the year is available in a PDF format from The Universe Today
Click here for a variety of astronomical charts as well as the transcript of recent editions of the popular radio show Star Date.
National Geographic presents a map of the evening sky which enables you to get close up views of stars and constellations merely by clicking on images. At several celestial locations you can also see dazzling photographs from the Hubble Space Craft.
Find out when you can see the satellites orbiting the Earth at the Visual Satellite Observer's Home Page