Astronomy Day 2014
May 10, 2014
Celebrate ASTRONOMY DAY on Saturday, May 10 when a trip to the Museum will allow for encounters with cool telescopes and astronomical activities for all ages. Knowledgeable volunteers will be on hand to help you observe, learn, discover, and explore the wonders of astronomy.
Daytime activities at the Museum will take place from 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., and there will be plenty of family friendly events including make-it / take-it activities, telescope displays, and a meteorite display. The Koch Planetarium will host extra planetarium shows, and all tickets for the shows will be $1. Jim and Carol Havens from the Havens Foundation will provide free digital planetarium programs in their mobile immersive theater. Guests will also be able to view the Sun in the Museum’s parking lot with special telescopes that reveal sunspots, flares and prominences.
Later that evening the Moon, Venus, and Mars will be targets for telescopes and public viewing in the Museum’s parking lot. The Evansville Astronomical Society will be on hand with their telescopes, and will allow visitors to use them to view celestial objects in the sky above Evansville. The Evansville Astronomical Society will also be providing telescope training, so bring the family telescope to learn how to use it like an expert.
Astronomy Day Activities
10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Meteorite and Photo Displays, Egg Drop, Astronomy Demos
11:00 - Noon, & 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. Inflatable Planetarium Programs in the Old Gallery
11:00 a.m & 2:00 p.m. Make a Comet Demonstration
Noon - 2:00 p.m. Solar Observing
1:00 p.m. Eight Planets and Counting in the Koch Planetarium
3:00 p.m. The Sky Tonight in the Koch Planetarium
4:00 p.m. Eight Planets and Counting in the Koch Planetarium
8:00 p.m. Sky Watch from Museum Parking Lot
*Some portions of this event are subject to the prevailing weather conditions and may be canceled in the event of poor weather