Night Skies in the Observatory

Thursday, October 12, 2017 - 7:00pm to 10:00pm

  • Adults
  • Families
  • Evening
  • Members
  • Public

Join us for an evening of ‘out of this world’ astronomy activities hosted by Franklin Institute Chief Astronomer Derrick Pitts. ‘Night Skies at the Observatory’ is a monthly stargazing event connecting you to celestial objects in the night sky including stars, planets, and nebulae using telescopes in Bloom Observatory or at ‘Ben’s Starlight Lounge’ on our 5th floor rooftop observation deck, featuring a cash bar. Build your own experience from any combination of planetarium shows, a live presentation on astronomy or space science, hands-on astronomy activities and continuous telescopic observing all evening (weather permitting). The program is staffed with knowledgeable observers and free star maps are provided.

Featured Programming:

7:15 pm - Planetarium Show
Sky Tonight (40 minutes)

8:00 pm - Science Talk
Gravity Waves: The Discovery That Shook the Earth with Dr. Ravi Sheth, Professor, Physics and Astronomy, University of Pennsylvania
Einstein predicted the existence of gravity waves but it took that long – almost one hundred years - to develop the technology to detect them. Last week, the gravity waves discovery team won the 2017 Nobel Prize in Physics. Gravity waves bring a whole new way of ‘seeing’ the universe. Dr. Sheth will describe the incredible precision needed to detect gravity waves, their unexpected sources, and what they might tell us about the universe. 

8:15 pm - Planetarium Show
To Space and Back (25 minutes)

9:15 pm - Planetarium Show
Sky Tonight (40 minutes)

Planetarium shows and Science Talk included with your Night Skies ticket.

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Ticket Prices:

$10 Non-Members

$5 for Members