Astronomy Day!

March 16, 2019 @ 1:00 pm – 8:00 pm
The Wilderness Center
9877 Alabama Ave SW

Join us as we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing! If we have clear skies, we’ll round out the day’s activities by observing the moon through telescopes in TWC observatory. There will be food options available for dinner.

Exploring the Moon
by Dave Gill, TWC Astronomy Club member – 2:00
In this program, we will discuss how you can explore the Moon with your own binoculars or telescopes. Then we will talk about how geologists have explored the Moon from Earth. Finally, we will discuss how the Apollo missions gave us “ground truths” about the nature of the Moon and its history.
Leaving the Cradle
by Jeffrey Woytach, NASA Glenn engineer – 4:00
Humanity stands at the threshold of a new age of space exploration – establishing a Human presence on the Moon, extending that presence to Mars and then onto wherever our dreams take us. “Leaving the Cradle” will present NASA’s plans for reaching the Moon and Mars, as well as plans being made by other countries and by private industry.

Planetarium Theater Shows
Moons: Worlds of Mystery – 1:00 & 3:00
The show begins by exploring our own Moon then turns to the incredible diversity of moons around Jupiter and Saturn and the possibility that some of these moons may support extraterrestrial life. Our exploration takes us to the outer solar system, with the discovery of moons orbiting asteroids and Kuiper Belt objects like Pluto. We are introduced to the great diversity of worlds both large and small that orbit the Sun.
Tonight’s Sky Planetarium Show – 6:00
Discover your way around the night sky! The instructor will follow from one constellation to another to help you learn how to “navigate” amongst the stars. You will learn star names, interesting facts and the planets in tonight’s sky.
Two Small Pieces of Glass – 7:00
Learn how the telescope has helped us understand our place in space and our understanding of the universe. A local astronomer enlightens students on the history and workings of the telescope. They see how large observatories use these instruments to explore the universe and the discoveries these incredible tools have made.

Children’s Activities 1:00 – 8:00
Experience what it is like to walk on the Moon, make and launch a rocket and learn about Moon phases, meteor strikes, lunar and solar eclipses and the Moon’s rotation. There will also be Moon and Apollo displays for viewing.

Star Watch – 8:00
Weather permitting.

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