On November 7th, 1960, the planet Mercury transited the Sun. This event was observed from Nebraska Wesleyan University in Lincoln, Nebraska, by astronomy and physics professor Carroll Moore. Publicity about the event helped bring together a small but dedicated group of amateur astronomers and was the catalyst for the formation of the Prairie Astronomy Club.

As the club grew, it found a role in public outreach and science education, and in 1977, helped raise the money to build Hyde Memorial Observatory, the only public observatory that was built and is operated entirely by donations, devoted exclusively to public viewing, completely free of admission charge, and staffed only by volunteers.

Now celebrating its fiftieth anniversary, the Prairie Astronomy Club continues its mission to educate, provide public outreach, operate Hyde Memorial Observatory, and be a resource for its members.

This book tells the history of the club and includes stories and memories, and the best articles contributed by club members to the club’s newsletter, the The Prairie Astronomer.

ISBN: 978-0-557-34865-7 – 568 pages. Retail price: $27.99

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