Science Museum News
Stars Over Springfield at the Springfield Science Museum
Springfield Science Museum
December 15, 2009
The Springfield Science Museum’s large rooftop telescope will be open for public sky-gazing on Friday, Jan. 8, 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 normally offered on the first Friday of each month from September through May. Because the first Friday in January is New Year’s Day, the program is being held on Jan. 8.
Stars Over Springfield” features an introductory slide show on topics such as space exploration, seasonal sights of the night sky, current astronomical research, or an explanation of events such as an eclipse or the appearance of a comet. Presenters and topics vary.
After the presentation, participants can use the museum telescope to view sights in the night sky, which may include objects such as the Moon, a planet, star clusters, a nebula or a galaxy, depending on their visibility. Springfield Stars Club members also set up telescopes outside the museum.
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.