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.

September 10 – David Sliski
UPenn Astronomy graduate student David Sliski presents Part One of our two-part series investigating the challenging business of hunting down truly Earth-like extra-solar planets. His thesis advisor Cullen Blake, presents part two next month.

October 8 – Cullen Blake, Asst. Prof. Physics and Astronomy, Univ. of Penn.
Part Two of a two-part series on the challenging business of hunting down earth-like planets in other solar systems. Does ‘earth-like’ mean ‘life-like’ too?

November 12 – Michael Vogeley, Prof. of Astronomy – Villanova Unversity

December 10 - Kerstin Perez, Asst. Prof. of Physics, Haverford College
‘Dark Matters: The Next (or maybe ultimate!) ‘Holy Grail’ of Astronomy Research

Ticket Prices:

$5.00 Per Person

Free for Members

Upcoming Events
Night Skies in the Observatory
Thursday, September 10
Night Skies in the Observatory
Thursday, October 08
Night Skies in the Observatory
Thursday, November 12
Night Skies in the Observatory
Thursday, December 10