National Astronomy Day
April 20, 2013
Join us for a day-long celebration of the stars! The Erie Planetarium annually hosts a National Astronomy Day event that includes solar-observing telescopes, shuttle presentations, constellation classes under the planetarium dome, space station presentations, a meteorite display, astro-photography demonstrations, children’s activities and crafts, and 50% discount on planetarium shows!
According to the National Astronomical League, “Astronomy Day is a grass roots movement designed to share the joy of astronomy with the general population – ‘Bringing Astronomy to the People.’ On Astronomy Day, thousands of people who have never looked through a telescope will have an opportunity to see first-hand what has so many amateur and professional astronomers all excited. Astronomy clubs, science museums, observatories, universities, planetariums, laboratories, libraries, and nature centers host special events and activities to acquaint their population with local astronomical resources and facilities. Many of these events are located at non-astronomical sites: shopping malls, parks, urban centers – truly bringing astronomy to the people. It is an astronomical PR event that helps highlight ways the general public can get involved with astronomy – or at least get some of their questions about astronomy answered. Astronomy Week encompasses Astronomy Day starting on the previous Monday and ending on the following Sunday.”