Astronomy Extravaganza!

Astronomy Extravaganza!

July 10, 2019| Categories: Planetarium News, StarGazing, What's Happening

Join us on July 20th to celebrate the anniversary of the lunar landing, when Apollo 11 astronauts first stepped foot on the moon!

Our Lyman Spitzer Jr. Planetarium will feature special shows throughout the day that highlight the extraordinary accomplishments of the astronauts, engineers, and dreamers who worked together to take the first steps on the moon. Place your hands on MOON ROCKS from NASA, then keep the stars in your eyes with telescope instruction, astronomy-themed crafts, and STEM activities for every age. And you’ll be able to end the evening with a public viewing of the 1969 broadcast of the lunar landing … inspiring the next generation of space exploration!

This astronomy party will take place at the Museum from 1:00 to 7:00 PM.

Starting at 1:00 PM, the Museum is open to everyone at no charge. Music from the 1960s will usher in the mood of the era, and a new exhibit of the Lunar Landing will be on view.

1:00 PM

“One Giant Leap for Mankind” exhibit opening

1:30 PM

Screening of Moon Film in the Lyman Spitzer Jr. Planetarium

Unveiling of the lunar rocks with Mark Breen and Bobby Farlice-Rubio

2:15 PM

Screening of Moon Film in the Lyman Spitzer Jr. Planetairum

Moon rock showing

2:45 to 4:30 PM

Moon rock showing

Activities:

  • Lunar relay race
  • Building bottle rockets
  • Paper airplane creation
  • “Bang, Zoom, To the Moon” in the Lyman Spitzer Jr. Planetarium

3:00 PM

Moon rock showing

3:30 PM

Screening of Moon Film 1

4:00 PM

Screening of Moon Film 2 

4:30 to 6:30 PM

Activities:

  • Simulating the first walk 
  • “Bang, Zoom, To the Moon” in the Lyman Spitzer Jr. Planetarium
  • Bottle rockets blast off
  • Telescopes on fake moon 

4:45 PM

Moon rock showing

6:30 PM

Raffle drawing 

Last moon rock showing 

Tags: astronomy, Fairbanks Museum, planetarium