Night Skies at the Joel N. Bloom Observatory

Tuesday, March 6, 2018 - 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 and 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 science talk 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.

From groundbreaking scientists to intrepid team members who pursued amazing discoveries and the daring exploration of space, this month we will be highlighting the women behind some of the most extraordinary adventures in the universe.

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NIGHT SKIES SCHEDULE


FIRST FLOOR

Shows in Fels Planetarium


Space Talk in the Franklin Theater

8:00 pm – Women of Space Panel Talk

From groundbreaking scientists to intrepid team members who pursued amazing discoveries and the daring exploration of space, this month our Chief Digital Officer and shuttle launch chaser Susan Poulton will be joined by two stellar science educators -  JoEllen McBride and Meredith Drosback to discuss their experience as woman in the field of astronomy. 

The Theater is first come and fist serve and will open 15 minutes before show time


Activities in Planetarium Hallway

7:00 to 10:00 pm

  • Fun with Filters
    From studying the stars to revealing layered messages, learn how filters help us find the information that matters. This activity will also introduce you to one of our “Sisters of the Stars”, Dr. Carolyn Porco.

 

  • Planetary Presence
    On January 9th, 1992, two astronomers discovered the first extrasolar planets, or exoplanets, which the number of has grown from 2 to now about 3500 confirmed exoplanets and more unconfirmed. Join us to learn about some of the methods of discovering these new extrasolar planets and learn about the amazing work of one of our “Sisters of the Stars”, Sarah Lippencott.


FOURTH FLOOR

Joel N. Bloom Observatory

7:00 to 10:00 pm

We will be viewing objects in the Perseus, Cygnus, Orion, Pegasus and Taurus Constellations. The Bloom Observatory will have knowledgeable astronomers available to assist in looking through our historic 10” Zeiss refracting telescope and our 9.25” Celestron Deluxe CPC 925 reflecting telescope.

Weather Permitting


FIFTH FLOOR

Activities in the Space Lounge

7:00 to 10:00 pm

  • 3D Constellation Detective
    Ever wonder what a constellation might look like if you looked at it from a different part of the universe? Check out the constellation Taurus this month as a scaled 3D model.
  • Night Vision Pins
    Learn about light adaptation and make your own souvenir pin to help guide you for a night of stargazing
  • Live ISS & Mars Feeds
    We will have screens set up to show the live feeds coming from the International Space Station and Mars Curiosity Rover and a knowledgeable staff member available to answer questions about them.

Telescope Viewing on the Roof Deck

7:00 to 10:00 pm

We will be viewing objects in the Perseus, Cygnus, Orion, Pegasus and Taurus Constellations. There will be two 8” Celestron CPC 800 reflecting telescopes and two 12” Orion Dobsonian reflecting telescopes set up viewing the heavens with knowledgeable astronomers stationed at every telescope to answer questions and assist guests with looking through the telescopes.

Weather Permitting


NIGHT SKIES TIPS

  • Observatory and telescope viewing are weather permitting.
  • Planetarium shows and talks have limited seating and are on a first-come, first-served basis. The Planetarium and Theater will open 15 minutes before show times.

FOOD & DRINK

  • Thirsty? There is a fifth floor bar in the lounge; cash and credits cards are accepted.
  • The bar does not sell food but there are vending machines located on the first floor.

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Ticket Prices:

$10 for Non-Members

$5 for Members