Programs & Events

Astronomy Days

Program Number: 
None
Program Type: 
Event
Date: 
May. 19, 2012 | Saturday, 9:00am
Multiple Times: 
Saturday May 19th, 9am–5pm and Sunday May 20th, noon–5pm
Location: Museum of Natural Sciences

Astronomy Days posterThe Museum partners with NASA and the Raleigh Astronomy Club to help you see the big picture — the Universe!

Activities & Exhibits

  • NASA’s Destination Station will be here in the 2nd floor exhibit hall.
  • Visit the museum’s new Astronomy Lab in our new wing!
  • World Wide Telescope in the museum’s new Visualization Lab
  • Scale of the Universe
  • Astrophotography
  • Take your picture in a space suit
  • Rockets on Display
  • Modeling the Cosmos
  • Your Age and Weight on other Planets
  • Face Painting
  • Moon Bounce
  • Make and Launch a Bottle Rocket
  • Thermal Imaging
  • Microgravity Research Team
  • Astronomical Arthropods
  • Bringing Back the Night Sky
  • How Craters are Formed
    …and More!

Talks, Workshops and Presentations

SATURDAY MAY 19

9:30 am Windows on the World, Main Building Third Floor

Volcano on the Far Side of the Moon

Mike Malaska, PhD., NASA/JPL Solar System Ambassador

10 am Daily Planet, New Wing

Making the Transition from the Shuttle to Commercial Space Flight

Tony Rice, NASA/JPL Solar System Ambassador

  WRAL Digital Theater, Main Building First Floor

Space Junk 3D Movie

Tickets required. Visit the box office on the First floor.

10:15 am Environmental Conference Center, New Wing Fourth Floor

Mini Workshop: Getting Started in Astronomy with Kids

Mike Keefe, Raleigh Astronomy Club

10:30 am Windows on the World, Main Building Third Floor

Exploring the Edge of the Solar System

Ian Hewitt, NASA/JPL Solar System Ambassador

11 am WRAL Digital Theater, Main Building First Floor

Dinosaurs Alive! 3D Movie

Tickets required. Visit the box office on the First floor.

11:30 am Windows on the World, Main Building Third Floor

Meet the Animals: Animals of the Constellations

Jan Weems, Museum Educator

  Daily Planet, New Wing

The Epic Journey of Apollo 11

Mike Lucas, NASA/JPL Solar System Ambassador

noon WRAL Digital Theater, Main Building First Floor

Space Junk 3D Movie

Tickets required. Visit the box office on the First floor.

12:15 pm Environmental Conference Center, New Wing Fourth Floor

Mini Workshop: Getting Started in Astronomy

Mike Keefe, Raleigh Astronomy Club

12:30 pm Windows on the World, Main Building Third Floor

Exoplanet Worlds around Other Stars

Mike Malaska, PhD., NASA/JPL Solar System Ambassador

1 pm WRAL Digital Theater, Main Building First Floor

Outside In (IMAX Space Movie)

Stephen van Vuuren, SV2 Studios

  Daily Planet, New Wing

The Origins of Planetary Systems in our Galaxy

Dr. Rachel Smith, Director, Astronomy & Space Observation Research Laboratory, NC Museum of Natural Sciences, Nature Research Center

1:30 pm Windows on the World, Main Building Third Floor

Meet the Animals: Animals of the Constellations

Jan Weems, Museum Educator

1:45 pm Environmental Conference Center, New Wing Fourth Floor

Mini Workshop: Amateur Astrophotography

Chris Cole, Raleigh Astronomy Club

2 pm WRAL Digital Theater, Main Building First Floor

Dinosaurs Alive! 3D Movie

Tickets required. Visit the box office on the First floor.

2:30 pm Daily Planet, New Wing

The Epic Journey of Apollo 11

Mike Lucas, NASA/JPL Solar System Ambassador

  Windows on the World, Main Building Third Floor

Meet the Animals: Animals of the Constellations

Jan Weems, Museum Educator

3:00 pm WRAL Digital Theater, Main Building First Floor

Space Junk 3D Movie

Tickets required. Visit the box office on the First floor.

3:15 pm Environmental Conference Center, New Wing Fourth Floor

Mini Workshop: Getting Started in Astronomy with Kids

Mike Keefe, Raleigh Astronomy Club

3:30 pm Windows on the World, Main Building Third Floor

Astrobiology and the Search for Alien Life

Mike Malaska, PhD., NASA/JPL Solar System Ambassador

4 pm WRAL Digital Theater, Main Building First Floor

Dinosaurs Alive! 3D Movie

Tickets required. Visit the box office on the First floor.

  Daily Planet, New Wing

Exploring Pluto

Ian Hewitt, NASA/JPL Solar System Ambassador

SUNDAY MAY 20

12:30 pm Windows on the World, Main Building Third Floor

Astrobiology and the Search for Alien Life

Mike Malaska, PhD., NASA/JPL Solar System Ambassador

1 pm WRAL Digital Theater, Main Building First Floor

Space Junk 3D Movie

Tickets required. Visit the box office on the First floor.

1:15 pm Environmental Conference Center, New Wing Fourth Floor

Mini Workshop: Getting Started in Astronomy

Mike Keefe, Raleigh Astronomy Club

1:30 pm Windows on the World, Main Building Third Floor

Meet the Animals: Animals of the Constellations

Jan Weems, Museum Educator

2 pm WRAL Digital Theater, Main Building First Floor

Outside In (IMAX Space Movie)

Stephen van Vuuren, SV2 Studios

  Daily Planet, New Wing

Predicting What Aliens Will Look Like

Jason Maron, Manager, Astronomy & Space Observation Research Laboratory, NRC

2:30 pm Windows on the World, Main Building Third Floor

Meet the Animals: Animals of the Constellations

Jan Weems, Museum Educator

2:45 pm Environmental Conference Center, New Wing Fourth Floor

Mini Workshop: Amateur Astrophotography

Chris Cole, Raleigh Astronomy Club

3 pm WRAL Digital Theater, Main Building First Floor

Space Junk 3D Movie

Tickets required. Visit the box office on the First floor.

3:30 pm Windows on the World, Main Building Third Floor

Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity at Gale Crater

Mike Malaska, PhD., NASA/JPL Solar System Ambassador

  Daily Planet, New Wing

Making the Transition from the Shuttle to Commercial Space Flight

Tony Rice, NASA/JPL Solar System Ambassador

4 pm Environmental Conference Center, New Wing Fourth Floor

Mini Workshop: Getting Started in Astronomy with Kids

Mike Keefe, Raleigh Astronomy Club

  WRAL Digital Theater, Main Building First Floor

Dinosaurs Alive! 3D Movie

Tickets required. Visit the box office on the First floor.

Participating groups

Raleigh Astronomy Club [RAC's Astronomy Days website]
Cary Space Camp
Chapel Hill Astronomical and Observational Society
NC Space Grant
NC State Astrophysics
Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute
Progress Energy
SV2 Studios
Tripoli Rocketry Association
UNC Pembroke

For more information contact Bonnie Eamick at 919.733.7450 x554 or bonnie.eamick@ncndenr.gov.