Night Skies in the Joel N. Bloom Observatory

Man looking through telescope

Summer of the Moon Edition

Thursday, July 18, 2019 - 7:00pm to 11:00pm


The Franklin Institute
222 North 20th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103
  • Adults
  • Families
  • Evening
  • Members
  • Public

It’s Night Skies A-Go-Go as we celebrate the swinging sixties for this special extended edition of Night Skies at The Franklin Institute. Join us for a night of stargazing, moon-watching, activities, engaging talks and a dance party in the planetarium for one far out evening. Sixties attire encouraged.  

Evenings Events:

Star gazing and Skyline views
Staffed by knowledgeable observers, look through our Zeiss Refracting Telescope and additional rooftop setups continuously throughout the evening with targets including the Moon and other celestial bodies. (Weather permitting)
Joel L Bloom Observatory and Fifth Floor Roof Deck | 7 – 11 pm

The PLOT Project with Rebecca Kamen 
In a quest to discover new understandings about our relationship to the moon, the PLOT project bridges art and science by collectively weaving historical narratives celebrating exploration and the process of discovery. Rebecca Kamen will discuss the process of the project and lead a viewing of the PLOT video created for an art exhibition celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Apollo Landing.
Franklin Theater | Presentation at 8 pm (Approx. 30 minutes) 

The Apollo Chronicles Part 4: Hailed As Heroes
The final chapter of this documentary mini-series will look at NASA’s response to the Soviet Union’s surprise bid to reach the Moon first and reveal how this all-but-forgotten chapter in the Space Race unexpectedly developed into a moment of unprecedented international cooperation. Then revel in the emotional achievement and lasting legacy of man’s first steps on the Moon.  *Each episode is stand-alone. Even if you miss one evening, the screenings will be fun and inspiring!*
Franklin Theater | Screening at 9 pm (Run Time: 45 minutes)

Walking Tour of the Moon
Using OpenSpace data visualization software, get an up close look at the moon; including where Neil Armstrong took his historic steps. Chief Astronomer Derrick Pitts leads us on this tour for this very special presentation where you get to walk in the footsteps of our men on the moon…without ever having to even get up off the ground.
Fels Planetarium | Shows at 7:15 and 8:15 pm (Approx. 30 minutes)

Bouffant Bangout
Dance it out with folks from local club, The Barbary, for an evening of the hottest and hippest tracks from the 50’s and 60’s under the psychedelic dome of the Fels Planetarium for this all ages dance party. 
Fels Planetarium | 9 – 11 pm

Cash Bar 
Featuring a signature moon themed cocktail!

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Ticket Prices:
$10 for Individuals
$5 for Members