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Stars Over Springfield at the Springfield Science Museum

Springfield Science Museum

October 19, 2009

The Springfield Science Museum's large rooftop telescope will be open for public sky-gazing on Friday, November 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.

Richard Sanderson, curator of physical science at the museum, will present “Nights of Raining Fire: The Great Leonid Meteor Storms.” The Leonid meteor shower happens every November, and although no meteor “storm” is expected this year, the event has produced some historic displays. The best of these occurred in 1833 and 1966, with a memorable display occurring most recently in 2001.

 

After the presentation, participants can use the museum telescope to view the night sky, weather permitting. In case of clouds, a planetarium show will be presented.  

 

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.

 

For information about astronomy programs, call 413.263.6800, ext. 318.

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