Night Skies in the Joel N. Bloom Observatory

Join us for Night Skies in the Observatory at The Franklin Institute

Tuesday, March 12, 2019 - 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.

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.

Your ticket grants you access to any of these activities and presentations:

Planetarium Shows in the Fels Planetarium
7:15 pm: The Sky Tonight
8:15 pm: To Space and Back
9:15 pm: The Sky Tonight

SpaceTalk in Franklin Theater 
8:00 pm
Amy Barraclough, Director of the Edelman Planetarium at Rowan University
"Out There: The Search for Extra Solar Worlds"
For thousands of years, we thought our Earth was the center of the Universe. Thanks to our curiosity, imagination and urge to explore, we now know that planets are nothing special in the cosmos and our Sun is just one ordinary star among hundreds of billions in our galaxy. Using the world’s most powerful telescopes, we’ve discovered that most stars have planets and a huge diversity of different worlds is out there, just waiting to be discovered.

Night Sky Observing
7:00 to 10:00 pm
Observatory and 5th floor Roofdeck
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. Our 5th floor roofdeck will have two 8” Celestron CPC 800 reflecting telescopes and two 12” Orion Dobsonian reflecting telescopes along with knowledgeable astronomers to assist. Weather Permitting.

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Stay tuned for more details. Each month features different activities, talks, and shows!