March & April
Starts at dusk
Mar. 7 7 p.m.
Mar. 14, 21, 28 8 p.m.
Apr. 4, 11, 18, 25 8:30 p.m.
View the night sky with many large telescopes at our observatories. Typically our telescopes can show you star clusters, nebulous gas clouds, colorful multiple star systems and distant galaxies. Seeing features of the bright planets and our nearest neighbor, the Moon, is remarkable. The instruments at Bays Mountain reveal thousands of craters, mountains and lava plains.
Be sure to bring warm clothes for the Nighttime Observing. Though the day may be sunny and warm, the temperature can drop after the sun goes down. Having the proper clothing will make your experience much more enjoyable.
If there is inclement weather, a free alternate live tour of the night sky in the planetarium theater will be available.
Sat. & Sun. 3-3:30 only if clear
Safely view the surface of the Sun through a specially filtered telescope. With our instrument it is possible to view a wide variety of features on the Sun including sunspots.
Astronaut is a fantastic show that looks at what an astronaut experiences during launch and living in space. It is produced by NSC creative, a subsidiary of the National Space Centre in Leicester, UK. Narrated by noted Scottish actor, Ewan McGregor, this unique program travels both to inner and outer space. Richly animated, this will sure to please anyone in your family.
The show is immediately followed with a variety of live presentations. We present our current night sky, a brief look at the past and future of the U.S. space program, and an activity that compares rockets.
Show length ~45 min.