Night Skies in the Observatory

Look Out Above! - Asteroids, Comets, Meteors

Thursday, August 11, 2016 - 7:00pm to 10:00pm

Fels Planetarium, Bloom Observatory, Franklin Theater

  • Adults
  • Families
  • Evening
  • Members
  • Public


Of these three, which one should you prefer to have hurtling directly at you? It depends on a few very important factors. Franklin Institute Chief Astronomer Derrick Pitts will walk you through knowing which ones to enjoy and which ones to avoid.

This month’s telescope targets are the first quarter moon, Jupiter, Saturn and Mars along with other prominent seasonal stars.

Hosted by Franklin Institute Chief Astronomer Derrick Pitts, Night Skies in the Observatory is a monthly stargazing event held in the Joel N. Bloom Observatory. View celestial objects in the night sky, including stars, planets, nebulae, and if conditions are right, a galaxy or two, from 5 different rooftop telescopes in the Observatory. The evening includes shows in the Fels Planetarium and a lecture or presentation appropriate for ages 8 and up on an astronomical or space science topic. The Observatory is staffed with knowledgeable observers and free star maps are provided.

Due to the popularity of this event, we strongly recommend that you purchase tickets in advance as capacity is limited and it may sell out. 

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Ticket Prices:

$5.00 Per Person

Free For Members