23 April 2010
Posted in Press and Media
Orlando Science Center Participates in National Day
Saturday, April 24, 11:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Who: In honor of National Astronomy Day, the Orlando Science Center will be holding a full day of astronomically fun activities! Thanks to event partners the Central Florida Astronomical Society (CFAS) and Seminole State College Planetarium, guests will get to enjoy Orlando By Night live planetarium shows in the Science Center’s Dr. Phillips CineDome.
National Astronomy Day gives astronomy-lovers a chance to share their passion with the cosmically curious. Across the country, clubs, planetariums, observatories, museums, and enthusiasts will host public viewing events, telescope workshops, hands-on activities, and presentations to increase awareness about their profession or hobby.
What: During the day, guests can participate in solar viewing with telescopes. The Science Center will be open until 9:00 p.m. with special prices after 5 p.m. to offer night sky watching from the giant telescope in the Crosby Observatory.
Astronomers will be on hand to answer guest questions about the cosmos. If people want to bring own telescopes to the observatory, these experts will help assemble the telescopes and show guests how to get the best views from them.
Thanks to Astronomy Magazine and Celestron, a 50th Anniversary FirstScopes Telescope will be raffled off. Also there will be a chance to enter to win a NexStar 6SE Telescope. Astronomy Magazine will pick a grand-prize winner from names collected at each venue around the country during Astronomy Day.
When: Tomorrow - Saturday, April 24, 2010 from 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
- Orlando By Night live planetarium shows - 1:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m.
- Solar Viewing with Telescopes from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. (weather permitting)
- Night Sky Telescope Observing from Dusk until 9:00 p.m. (weather permitting)
Where: Orlando Science Center, 777 E. Princeton Street, Orlando, FL
Why: This event is just one more way that the Science Center provides opportunities for families to have fun while learning together. The event also inspires youth to pursue science careers by illustrating that being a scientist is about more than just working in a lab.
Guests can take a peek into space and ask the questions they’ve always wanted to know about the cosmos from amateur and professional astronomers. Also participate in Orlando By Night, an original live planetarium show, which explores Orlando's celestial sights.
Cost: This event is included with admission to the Orlando Science Center ($17 for adults, $12 for kids - ages 3-11). Admission also includes access to all four floors of exhibits, live demonstrations and giant screen films, including hands-on areas like Science in Toyland and Science Park.
Special Price After 5:00 p.m.: Admission will be $12, but provide access to Cinedome and Observatory only.
Info: Call 407.514.2000. For more information on National Astronomy Day activities around the country, please visit www.astronomy.com/astronomyday.