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Stars Over Springfield at the Springfield Science Museum

Springfield Science Museum

February 15, 2011

Alan Rifkin, president of the Springfield Stars Club, will teach people how to properly observe the heavens through their backyard telescopes at the Springfield Science Museum on Friday, March 4, at 7:30 pm.

If you got a new telescope as a holiday gift and aren't sure how to use it, bring it along together with your questions.  In addition, Skip Price, Professor of Geology and Astronomy at Greenfield Community College, will display some small moon rocks and soil that are on loan from NASA.  A microscope will be set up for close-up examination of these priceless specimens that were collected by the Apollo astronauts.

Stars Over Springfield observatory programs are offered on the first Friday of each month from September through May. The program features an introductory program 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.  

After the presentation, participants can use the museum’s large rooftop 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.  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 at the museum, call 413.263.6800, ext. 318.

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