GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Join the Florida Museum of Natural History and area astronomy groups for an evening of scientific discovery during the annual Starry Night event from 5 to 10 p.m. Sept. 25.
Produced by the Florida Museum, University of Florida Astronomy Department, Florida Space Grant Consortium and Alachua Astronomy Club, Starry Night is a free event full of activities for the entire family. This night of inter-planetary adventure gives visitors a chance to speak with expert astronomers, learn about the tools they use and see rocks from space. Attendees can build their own telescope, talk to an astronomer, meet an astronaut, win door prizes and other free gifts and more!
This year’s Starry Night is a part of the International Year of Astronomy, a yearlong celebration of astronomy and its impact on society and culture. The goal of the international celebration is to stimulate worldwide interest in astronomy and science, especially among young people. It also commemorates the 400th anniversary of the first use of a telescope by Galileo Galilei.
Starry Night visitors will have the opportunity to build their own “Galileoscope,” a working telescope and the cornerstone project of the International Year of Astronomy. Workshops are free and available to the first 50 visitors who register. Registration will begin at 5 p.m.
As visitors participate in different space-themed activities, they can earn stamps for their “Passport to the Universe.” Visit the portable planetarium for a spectacular display of the universe as seen from Earth, or check out the Astro Wall to see a moonscape in 3-D.
At 6 and 7 p.m., retired U.S. Navy Capt. and former NASA astronaut Winston E. Scott will share about his time in orbit and experience working on the Hubble telescope. Scott, dean of the Florida Institute of Technology College of Aeronautics in Melbourne, will answer questions and sign copies of his book, “Reflections from Earth Orbit,” following his talks. The book will be available for purchase in the museum gift shop.
This event is also sponsored by the Florida Space Grant Consortium and the GE Foundation.
For more information visit www.flmnh.ufl.edu/starrynight or call 352-273-2063.