Pluto, Hoot Gibson top week’s Seattle Astronomy calendar

Pluto is a PlanetThere are a couple of great choices on this week’s Seattle Astronomy calendar, but unless you discover some sort of wrinkle in the space-time continuum, you can only do one of them, as both are at the same time on Saturday.

Pluto is a planet protest
The fourth annual Pluto is a Planet Protest sets out from the Greenwood Space Travel Supply Company at 2 p.m. this Saturday, March 12. In fact, the good folks at GSTSC have declared March to be Pluto Month. The protesters will march up and down Greenwood Avenue for a couple of blocks and wind up across the street at the aptly named Neptune Coffee shop.

GSTSC is actually a front for 826 Seattle, a nonprofit writing center that helps kids develop their creative and expository writing skills. The protesters are students who will write essays, in support or in opposition to Pluto’s planethood, and then read their works at the coffee shop. It’s all a lot of fun. You can see our video from last year’s protest at the bottom of this post.

Hoot Gibson

Hoot Gibson. Photo: NASA.

Hoot Gibson at Museum of Flight
Those who don’t have the fire for social outrage toward the International Astronomical Union can turn up at the Museum of Flight in Seattle at that same hour for stories of aviation and space from astronaut “Hoot” Gibson. Gibson is a graduate of the Navy’s TOPGUN school, has over 6,000 hours of flying time in 50 types of aircraft and has over 300 carrier landings. He has flown five Space Shuttle missions, four as commander, including STS-71, the first to dock with the Mir space station. Gibson will tell his tales beginning at 2 p.m. Saturday. It’s free with Museum admission.

SAS star parties
The Seattle Astronomical Society plans its monthly public “star party” observing sessions Saturday at two locations: at Green Lake near the fishing piers west of the Bathhouse Theatre, and at Paramount Park in Shoreline. Both star parties are set to begin at 7 p.m. Saturday, however bad weather will mean they’re canceled.

Freddy’s Monday at Pacsci
This Monday, March 7 is Freddy’s Monday at the Pacific Science Center. Thanks to the Fred Meyer Fund, the first 1,000 guests to come through the gates will be admitted to the center’s exhibitions for free! The Pacific Science Center is open from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. on Monday.