Space Out! Astronomy WeekendCost:
Free with AdmissionDate: Mar 28, 2015 Daily until Mar 29, 2015
At SpaceOut! Astronomy Weekend, the Buhl Planetarium takes center stage, offering the chance to travel through the universe and to see special presentations. Discover how to navigate the stars, learn about telescopes, explore space through hands-on activities, and get an up-close look at meteorites and Moon rocks.
The Amateur Astronomers Association of Pittsburgh and Kiski Astronomers will be on-site to share their expertise.
Make-and-take activities will offer a chance to make Mars soil, comets, sundials, and star clocks.
- Launch rockets from 11 am – 4 pm on the patio behind the Science Center's River View Café.
- Safe Solar Observing will be available from 11 am – 4 pm on the patio behind the Science Center's River View Café. Experts will demonstrate the proper techniques to observe the Sun safely.
- SkyWatch will run from 9 – 10:30 pm on Friday in the observatory, complete with a 16-inch telescope to see dazzling celestial objects. SkyWatch is FREE with the purchase of an evening Planetarium laser show or Omnimax movie.
On Saturday, speakers will discuss astronomy topics in the planetarium:
- Life in Our Solar System presented by Dr. Terry N. Trees, noon
For many years up to the 1950s or even the 1960s, life was thought to exist in many places throughout the solar system. That opinion changed in the 1960s and especially the 1970s. People began to believe the solar system as barren, with life being confined to Earth. Today, scientists are not so sure. In this speech, Dr. Terry Trees will explore the solar system and the places in it that might currently be harboring life. Dr. Trees is a retired professor associated with the Amateur Astronomers Association of Pittsburgh.
- Amazing Stats of the Universe presented by Eric Fischer, 1 pm
This special presentation by Eric Fisher takes a different look at the Sun, planets, stars, and galaxies by revealing mind-boggling facts about each. For example: If Saturn's rings were shrunk to the size of Heinz Field, they would be only as thick as a piece of tissue paper. Eric Fisher is president of the Amateur Astronomers Association of Pittsburgh.
- Everything in the Universe is Terrible. Here's Why That's Awesome presented by Dr. Brendan Mullan, 2 pm
Join renowned science communicator and Buhl Planetarium Director Dr. Brendan Mullan for a discussion of our universe's bitter shortcomings and how they are paradoxically its greatest strengths. Find out why the most disappointing realities of the cosmos are actually crucial to our existence. You might discover that life on the unforgiving cosmic frontier is not so bad after all.
- The Missing 96% of the Universe? presented by Dr. Andrew Zentner, 3 pm
Dr. Andrew Zentner from the University of Pittsburgh's Particle Physics, Astrophysics, and Cosmology Center will discuss evidence for our great achievement in understanding the history of our universe and the evidence stating that much of the universe is left to be discovered.
The weekend will include a chance to win an AstroMaster 70AZ telescope, which was donated by Celestron and Astronomy Magazine.
SpaceOut! activities run from 10 am – 4 pm all weekend and are included with general admission. Activities are weather permitting.
You're guaranteed to have a blast!
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