Astronomy Day 2014

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On Saturday, May 10, 2014 Pacific Science Center gets spaced out as we celebrate Astronomy Day. With a host of activities, live science stage demonstrations, planetarium shows and more, we have something for fans of all things astronomical. And while the stars and planets and asteroids and so on will shine, so will some very talented young people.

Astronomy Day is hosted by Discovery Corps, specifically by youth from our NASA funded Track for Earth and Space Science Achievement (TESSA). "I think that's really cool," says Josh Kemper, Discovery Corps Supervisor. "So even the behind the scenes logistics side of it is entirely youth driven."

On this special day, youth program participants put together a huge variety of space-related activities to engage guests of all ages. Activities include Stellar Storytime in our Tots area, spectroscopy of Light Sabers, sun spot viewing, space face painting (done by our youth artists, of course), Alka-Seltzer rockets and many others.

Science Communication Fellow and Portal to Current Research celebrity Erika Harnett will be here 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. to show off some of her work with a fun activity.

We'll be hosting a raffle sponsored by Astronomy Magazine in which guests can enter to win telescopes and other prizes.

Hats off to our TESSA Discovery Corps members for putting together some engaging astronomy activity stations.

Here's a more complete listing of the day's happenings 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m.:

  • Info table with raffle sponsored by Astronomy Magazine – prizes include telescopes!
  • Space-related crafts and projects:
    • Space Shuttle Glider, Design your own constellation, Alka-Seltzer Rockets, Spaceship Challenge, Pocket Solar System.
  • Activity/Demonstration stations:
    • Human Solar System, Light Sabers and Spectra, Landsat Activity, Micrometeorite Hunt (with field trips outside), Alien Eyes (about filters, Astrocize, To the Moon, Sunspot Viewing, Strange Planets Discovery Cart (about exoplanets).
    • Space Face Painting.
    • Stellar Storytime in Tots.
    • Regular programming in Planetarium including the Human Spaceflight show.
    • Outreach lesson by Science On Wheels.
    • Featured Scientist: Erika Harnett (Science Communication Fellow).