Thursday, November 9, 2017 - 7:00pm to 10:00pm
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.
This Evening’s Science Talk:
Astronomical Holiday Gifts: How to Buy a Telescope?
The bewildering variety of telescopes and their unlimited accessories challenges even the best shopper to find just the right fit. Chief Astronomer Derrick Pitts outlines the basic functions and deciphers the ‘specs’ so you can make a purchase that’s out of this world. Samples of every variety of scope will be on display. Books, maps, and accessories for the advanced amateur will be all be covered in this talk.
In Franklin Theater
$5 for Members