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Member Tour: Astronomy: A Tour of the Universe

  • Friday, April 28, 2017
  • 10:30am - 11:00am

Patrick Treuthardt demonstrates how to use a 3D virtual landscape of Mars. Photo: Karen Swain/NCMNS.

Join Head of the Astronomy & Astrophysics Research Lab, Rachel Smith, and Assistant Head, Patrick Treuthardt, on a special behind-the-scenes tour. Learn about their exciting research projects on star and planet formation, and the physics of galaxies. You’ll also “fly through the solar system” via new, interactive visualization software now running on several large screens inside the lab, and hear about some of the latest NASA mission discoveries.

Each session is limited to 12 members and will last about 30 minutes. There will be about 15 minutes of transition time between sessions.

Weather permitting, solar observing will be available to Friday tour groups from 11:30am-12:30pm, and to Saturday tour groups from 1:00pm-3:00pm, on the fourth floor terrace.

All ages are welcome. No strollers allowed.

Registration Information

Member registration begins at noon on Monday, March 6.

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Join or Renew Your Membership today!

Space is very limited. If your plans change and you are no longer able to attend, please call Catherine Starek at 919.707.9296.

Astronomy Tour Dates

  • Friday, April 28
  • Tour Group 1: 10:30am – 11:00am
  • Tour Group 2: 11:15am – 11:45am
  • Saturday, April 29
  • Tour Group 1: 1:00pm – 1:30pm
  • Tour Group 2: 1:45pm – 2:15pm
  • Tour Group 3: 2:30pm – 3:00pm

Find out more about Member Tours



April 28, 2017
10:30 am - 11:00 am
Free. Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis.


Nature Research Center
121 West Jones Street
Raleigh, NC 27601 United States
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Catherine Perkins