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Space Out! Astronomy Weekend

Cost: Free with Admission
Date: Mar 19, 2016 Daily until Mar 20, 2016

Discover how to navigate the stars, get an up-close look at moon rocks and meteorites, and learn all about telescopes in a weekend that's out of this world!
  • Armchair astronauts can take a guided tour of our own galaxy in the Buhl Planetarium.

  • Explore space through hands-on activities and interactive tables.

  • Make some Martian soil or your very own comet.

  • Keep track of time with a personal sundial or star clock.

  • Launch rockets on the patio behind the Science Center's River View Café, or learn from experts techniques to safely observe the sun.

On Saturday, March 19, speakers will discuss astronomy topics in the planetarium:
Radio Astronomy for the Uninitiated presented by Dr. Terry N. Trees, 1 pm

Dr. Terry Trees' presentation on amateur radio astronomy will describe building and using radio telescopes that can help detect solar flares, listen to meteors, and even observe Jupiter, the largest planet in the solar system.Dr. Trees is a retired professor associated with the Amateur Astronomers Association of Pittsburgh.

The New Era of Gravitational Wave Astronomy presented by Dr. Andrew Zentner, 2 pm

Dr. Andrew Zentner from the University of Pittsburgh's Particle physics, Astrophysics and Cosmology Center will talk about Gravitational Wave Astronomy, and the recent LIGO discovery confirming Einstein's 100-year-old predictions.

Stargazing, Myths, and Ancient Folklore presented by Larry McHenry, 3 pm

Join Larry McHenry, from the Kiski Astronomers, as he presents an introduction to the constellations and their human interpretations over the ages in the Buhl Planetarium. Discover where the constellations came from, and their meaning, along with some of the ancient myths and folklore of the night sky.

Space Out! activities run from 10 am – 4 pm all weekend and are included with general admission. Activities are weather permitting.

SkyWatch will run from 9 – 10:30 pm on Friday and Saturday night. Step out above the city lights in our rooftop 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.

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