PLAN ON A FULL DAY AND NIGHT OF ASTRONOMY FUN!
CELEBRATE THE JOY OF ASTRONOMY with fellow Tellus members, staff, and volunteers during National Astronomy Day! The Museum opens at 10 AM with special Planetarium shows. We will kick off the stargazing event at 1 PM when we open the Observatory to view the Sun. Expect the unexpected as we look through our special solar telescope to search for sunspots and solar prominences.
Inside, meet some outstanding students and future scientists as they present their winning projects from the 2015 Georgia Science and Engineering Fair. The exhibit will be in the new Crossroads Gallery and the winning students will be on-hand from 1-2 PM to describe the details of their project. Then, enjoy three astronomy lectures covering black holes, Pluto, and missions to explore new worlds.
When the Sun sets, head outside as we shift our focus to other celestial objects, such as the Moon, Venus, Jupiter, double star Gamma Leo, and the Ghost of Jupiter nebula. Feel free to bring your own telescope to set up on the lawn and get some tips on how best to use it from members of the Atlanta Astronomy Club. Throughout the evening, there will be music, tasty treats, and various astronomy-themed children’s activities available outside. At 9 and 9:30 PM, Tellus astronomer David Dundee will lead two star walks which will feature a live tour of the night sky on the Museum grounds (meet in the Lobby).
This event is generously sponsored by: