Night Skies in the Joel N. Bloom Observatory

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 a Fels Planetarium show 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 from 7:00pm to 10:00pm.

Dates for Night Skies in the Observatory for 2015

January 8  - “Astronomy Highlights for 2015” - in the Fels Planetarium
Did you receive a telescope or binoculars as a holiday gift? Chief Astronomer Derrick Pitts reviews the astronomical highlights and space exploration milestones you can use your scope to see this year including lunar eclipses and several close planetary alignments.

February 12 - “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.

March 12thAnd Then There Was One… - 8:15 pm. in the Planetarium:

Franklin Institute Chief Astronomer Derrick Pitts highlights the discoveries made by Dawn at Ceres, prepares us for the arrival of the ‘New Horizons’ spacecraft at Pluto and explains how the solar system may turn out to be bigger than we ever knew.

Ticket Prices:

$5.00 Per Person

Free for Members

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