Thursday, May 5, 2011

National Astronomy Day at Flandrau

Posted By on Thu, May 5, 2011 at 5:02 PM

Flandrau Science Center will be celebrating National Astronomy Day this Saturday, May 7 alongside the Tucson Astronomy Association and the National Sharing the Sky Foundation.

Per a press release:

World-renowned astronomer and comet hunter David Levy will present a special lecture on the night sky at Flandrau's 7 p.m. planetarium show. Astronomy graduate students will also be conducting lectures and providing hands-on activities throughout the day. Astronomy goods - including a 50th anniversary telescope - will be raffled off throughout the day.

During the day, Flandrau volunteers and the TAAA will have solar telescopes set up to provide free, safe viewing of the sun. From 7 to 10 p.m., visitors can view Venus, Saturn, and the gibbous Moon through a wide selection of large telescopes and giant binoculars. Flandrau's 16-inch observatory telescope will also be open, showcasing its new, high resolution, real-time imaging system using an upgraded HyperStar system from Starizona.

There will also be free space-related handouts, posters and postcards given out throughout the celebration.

Flandrau will be offering discounted pricing on May 7; $5 for adults and $3 for kids under 15 as well as Cat Card holders. There will also be a discount for the 8 p.m. showing of the Pink Floyd "Dark Side of the Moon" laser light show; $7.50 for adults and $5 for kids under 15 and Cat Card holders.

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