Night Skies in the Observatory

Thursday, February 12, 2015 - 7:00pm to 10:00pm

Bloom Observatory

  • Adults
  • Families
  • Educators
  • Evening
  • Members
  • Public
  • Scouts

“Saving the Glass Plate Universe”  - David Sliski, University of Pennsylvania
Images and secrets of the universe were preserved on glass plate negatives for 70 years before film and digital imagery. Sliski highlights the importance of preserving our early views of the universe and how we all can join the effort to preserve these fragile records of discovery.

Hosted by Franklin Institute Chief Astronomer Derrick Pitts, Night Skies in the Observatory is a monthly stargazing event held in the Joel N. Bloom Observatory. View celestial objects in the night sky, including stars, planets, nebulae, and if conditions are right, a galaxy or two, from 5 different rooftop telescopes in the Observatory. The evening includes two Fels Planetarium shows and a lecture or presentation (appropriate for ages 8 and up) on an astronomical or space science topic. The Observatory is staffed with knowledgeable observers and free star maps are provided. This event runs year-round, from 6:00pm to 9:00pm.

Ticket Prices:

$5.00 Non-Members

Free for Members