PokemonGO Can Be Educational

You may have heard the latest craze for young adults is Pokemon. A game where you collect fictional animals by tossing a poke ball in their direction. It really is a fascinating game that requires you to walk around an geocache these creatures. While engaging in this activity I have found landmarks I never knew were hiding in plain sight. One of these landmarks is the Rotary Centennial Observatory in Gilbert.

Thanks to the efforts of the Rotary Club of Gilbert, this amazing resource is available Friday and Saturday evenings all year round, weather permitting.

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The Gilbert Rotary Centennial Observatory (GRCO) is located at the Riparian Preserve at Water Ranch in Gilbert, Arizona, east of the Southeast Regional Library (southeast corner of Greenfield and Guadalupe Roads). The observatory is open every Friday and Saturday evening at nightfall year round weather permitting. The GRCO is owned by the Town of Gilbert and operated by the Riparian Institute.

Funding for the construction and operation of the GRCO comes from Riparian Institute memberships and grants, private and corporate donations, and the continuing support of the Gilbert Rotary Club. This project was designated the Gilbert Rotary Club’s centennial project to mark the 100-year anniversary of its inception in 1905.

The observatory houses a 16-inch diameter Meade, modified Richey-Cretien scope, guided by a Paramount ME computer controlled German equatorial mount slaved to The Sky professional computer program. SRP contributed all funding for this state-of-the-art scope.

The East Valley Astronomy Club manages the observatory and staffs its operation and programs. To inquire about special scheduling for groups, contact the observatory manager: grco@evaconline.org

  • Skywatch – Enjoy a presentation of current astronomical events every 2nd Friday of the month. Visit our Calendar for details.

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Author: Aaron Fritz

Joined Rotary in 1999. Past President of the Highlands Ranch Rotary Club, Charter Member of the Rotary Club of Castle Pines, Past President of the Rotary eClub of Arizona, and current Assistant Governor for District 5490. Multiple Paul Harris Fellow. 2nd Generation Rotarian.