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Science Museum Celebrates Astronomy Day

Springfield Science Museum

April 16, 2009

The Springfield Museums' Weekend Family Fun series will continue with Astronomy Day on Saturday, May 2. Activities will take place at the Springfield Science Museum from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and are free with museum admission unless noted.

Weekend Family Fun programs are sponsored by TD Banknorth. 


·         11:15 a.m. – Planetarium Show: “Splendors of the Spring Sky.” (additional fee)

·         11:30 a.m.-noon and 1:30-2 p.m. - “Astronomy for Kids: Exploring Mars” – Learn how Mars rovers work and what they’ve discovered. 

·         Noon – Planetarium Show: “Magic Sky,” a show especially for kids. (additional fee)

·         Noon and 2 p.m. – Tours of the Science Museum’s rooftop observatory.

·         12:30-1 p.m. and 2:30-3 p.m. - "The Art of Astronomy" – See some examples of astronomical art and discover how the night sky has inspired artists for thousands of years. 

·         1-4 p.m. - Sunspot viewing through filtered telescopes on the Quadrangle.

·         1-4 p.m. - Meteorite display and demonstration.

·         1 p.m. – Planetarium Show: “Oceans in Space.” (additional fee)

·         2 p.m. – Planetarium Show: “Mystery of the Disappearing Dinosaurs.” (additional fee)


Astronomy Day began in 1973 as a local activity organized by the Astronomical Association of Northern California.  Over the years, it has grown into an international event, with hundreds of museums, planetariums, and astronomy clubs participating.


For more information about Astronomy Day, call 413.263.6800, ext. 318
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