"What does a PBS special, a planetarium show, and a star party have in common?"
They all make you look up and take notice.
400 Years of Astronomy Celebrated at Arizona Science Center!
Honeywell Family Series Presents Astronomy Day:
Offering Hands-On Family Fun with All Day Activities
PHOENIX, AZ: Saturday, April 24 is Astronomy Day at Arizona Science Center. From 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. guests will enjoy FREE * hands-on activities, out-of-this-world presentations in the Dorrance Planetarium, great giveaways and the chance to meet with both professional and amateur astronomers.
Starting at 10 a.m., activities will include:
- Planetarium scales & cans;
- Make your own comet;
- Boil water with ice; and
- Marshmallow atmosphere experiments.
Then head to the Dorrance Planetarium for a FREE* presentation at 12:30 p.m. given by Dr. Tom McCarthy, planetarium coordinator, entitled "What Lies Beyond the Horizons of Space-Time?". Guests will learn more about the history of telescopes and how they are shaping our views of the Universe. We will also explore amazing imagery taken by the great orbiting observatories (HUBBLE, WMPA, Chandra and Spitzer) and discuss what they reveal about the evolution of the Universe.
Don't miss your chance at 1:30 p.m. to experience the LIMITED ENGAGEMENT "Two Small Pieces of Glass" presentation in the Dorrance Planetarium (regular show fees apply). The invention of the telescope revolutionized the way in which we understand and view the Universe and our place in it. This presentation traces the history of the telescope, from Galileo's early modifications, to a child's spy glass, to the launch of NASA's Hubble Space Telescope and the future of astronomy.
Then, join our star party in Heritage Square from sunset to 10 p.m. (weather permitting) where we will be conducting free, guided telescope viewing to enjoy our beautiful Arizona skies!
Throughout the day guests will have the chance to enter-to-win a FREE Celestron telescope and one year subscription to Astronomy Magazine.
*All activities are included with general admission to the Center, excluding "Two Small Pieces of Glass".