Night Skies in the Joel N. Bloom Observatory

Photograph of the planet Venus

Tuesday, November 12, 2019 - 7:00pm to 10:00pm


The Franklin Institute
222 North 20th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103
  • 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.

Space Talk in Franklin Theater
7:15 pm – The Explosive World of Supernovae with Chris D’Andrea, visiting Assistant Professor of Physics at Bryn Mawr College
Supernovae are one of nature's grandest and most awe-inspiring events: the death of a star in a brilliant explosion.  D’Andrea will explain how the lifecycle of certain stars leads to their inevitable violent demise, show how our understanding of supernovae has evolved over the past millennium, and highlight a few individual supernovae that have taught us extraordinary lessons about the universe we live in.


Fels Planetarium
8:00 pm – The Sky Tonight
8:45 pm – To Space and Back
9:15 pm – The Sky Tonight

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

Ticket Prices:
$10 for Individuals
$5 for Members