Science Museum News
Stars Over Springfield at the Springfield Science Museum
Springfield Science Museum
February 18, 2009
The Springfield Science Museum's large rooftop telescope will be open for public sky-gazing on Friday, March 6, at 7:30 p.m. The program will be held rain or shine. If it is overcast, a planetarium show will be presented in place of telescope viewing.
Stars Over Springfield observatory programs are offered on the first Friday of each month from September through May. The programs are best suited for families with children ages 8 and older, however younger children are also welcome. Admission is $3 for adults and $2 for children 17 and under.
Stars Over Springfield features an introductory slide show presented by a Stars Club member. Topics may include space exploration, seasonal sights of the night sky, current astronomical research, or an explanation of special events such as an eclipse or the appearance of a comet. Presenters and topics vary from one month to the next. Afterwards, the group visits the Museum's large rooftop observatory, which houses a 20-inch diameter telescope. Weather permitting, we’ll view objects such as the Moon, a planet, star clusters, a nebula or a galaxy, depending on visibility. Club members also set up telescopes outside on the Quadrangle grounds.