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Explore the Universe Day at the National Air and Space Museum


Apr 5, 2016

SOURCE: National Air and Space Museum

Family Day

Explore the Universe Day
Saturday, April 9, 2016
10:00 am to 3:00 pm
Throughout the Museum in Washington, DC
Admission: Free
This schedule is subject to change and some activities are weather dependent.


You Can Do Astronomy Presentation*
FREE planetarium show (first come, first served) with Noreen Grice of You Can Do Astronomy. Please join Ms. Grice after the show as she signs her book Everyone’s Universe in front of the Planetarium Shop.
In the Albert Einstein Planetarium
10:30 am

The Chromatics
The Chromatics perform AstroCapella, fun astronomy-themed music developed by astronomers and educators.
In Space Race (Gallery 114)
Times to be Announced

Flights of Fancy Story Time
There Once Was a Sky Full of Stars by Bob Crelin
In the Barron Hilton Pioneers of Flight Gallery (Gallery 208)
11:00 am and 1:30 pm

Flights of Fancy Story Time
Sky stories from around the world with Swatantar
In the Barron Hilton Pioneers of Flight Gallery (Gallery 208)
12:15 pm and 2:15 pm


Chat with Historic Astronomers
Talk to Galileo Galilei, Maria Mitchell, and Phoebe Waterman Haas about the sky, stars and telescopes
Look for them in Looking at Earth (Gallery 110), Explore the Universe (Gallery 111), Space Race (Gallery 114), and outdoors at the Public Observatory (weather permitting)

Astronomy Presentation Stations
• Meet representatives from the International Dark-Sky Association
• Meet a Solar System Ambassador
In Space Race (Gallery 114)

Hands-on Activities for 5 and Up
• Make a pocket solar clock, which works like a small sundial
• Build a working astrolabe out of paper
• Recreate a Nebra Sky Disk, which is a Bronze Age star map
• Create a Tactile Star Pattern*
• Construct a tactile picture of Jupiter*

Hands-on Activities for the Younger Set
• Decorate your Sun Sign from Greek mythology
• Discover your Tibetan Sun Sign
• Design a telescope (non-working)

Tactile Stations
• Tactile tour of a telescope*
• Tactile tour of solar surface and solar images*

Observe the Sky
Weather permitting
Outside in the Phoebe Waterman Haas Public Observatory

Astronomy Discovery Stations
Throughout the Museum

*Activities with an asterisk are accessible for visitors who have low vision or are blind.

Driving directions to the Museum in Washington, DC
Museum Floorplan
Curator and Visitor during Explore the Universe Day

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