Programs & Events

Astronomy Days

Program Number: 
None
Program Type: 
Event
Date: 
Jan. 26, 2013 | Saturday, 9:00am
Multiple Times: 
Jan 26th, 9am–5pm, Jan 27th, noon–5pm
Location: Museum of Natural Sciences
Fee: 
Free

UPDATE: Astronomy Days will start two hours late, at 11am, Saturday due to the inclement weather. The Loading Dock will open at 10am for Exhibitors.

The Museum partners with the Raleigh Astronomy Club and NASA to celebrate planetary science that is out of this world!

Global mosaic of Mars. Image Processing by Jody Swann/Tammy Becker/Alfred McEwen

 

Keynote Address

50 Years of Solar System Exploration: New Worlds, New Discoveries

Dr. James Green, Director, NASA’s Planetary Science Division
Location: SECU Daily Planet Theater, Nature Research Center
Times: 11:30am and 2:30pm Saturday and 1pm Sunday!


Schedule of Presentations

Saturday
  Windows on the World SECU Daily Planet NRC Classroom
10am Animals of the Constellations
Jan Weems, Museum Educator
Canceled due to weather delay 
The Epic Journey of Apollo 11
Mike Lucas, NASA/JPL Solar System Ambassador
Canceled due to weather delay 
 
11am Aurora Mysteries
Walter Fowler, M.D. Ph.D.
Chapel Hill Astronomical and Observational Society
  Getting Started in Astronomy with Kids
Raleigh Astronomy Club
11:30   50 Years of Solar System Exploration: New Worlds, New Discoveries
Dr. James Green, Director, NASA’s Planetary Science Division
noon    
12:30 Animals of the Constellations
Jan Weems, Museum Educator
Mars Geology: It’s More Earthlike Than You Think
Tony Rice, NASA/JPL Solar System Ambassador
Getting Started in Astronomy
Raleigh Astronomy Club
1pm  
1:30 Meteorites of North Carolina
Nicholas Gessler, Ph.D., Information Science, Duke University
Spaceflight 101: How we get to Other Planets
Alan Rich, NASA/JPL Solar System Ambassador
 
2pm   Amateur Astrophotography
Raleigh Astronomy Club
2:30

Unlocking the Secrets of Saturn- The Cassini Mission
Shawn D. Bayle, NASA/JPL Solar System Ambassador

50 Years of Solar System Exploration: New Worlds, New Discoveries
Dr. James Green, Director, NASA’s Planetary Science Division
3pm    
3:30 0-g Research on NASA's Weightless Wonders Aircraft
Dr. Timothy M. Ritter, UNC Pembroke
  Getting Started in Astronomy with Kids
Raleigh Astronomy Club
4pm   Pluto and the Great Planet Debate
Ian Hewitt, NASA/JPL Solar System Ambassador
4:30    

 

Sunday
  Windows on the World SECU Daily Planet NRC Classroom
1pm Meteorites of North Carolina
Nicholas Gessler, Ph.D., Information Science, Duke University
50 Years of Solar System Exploration: New Worlds, New Discoveries
Dr. James Green, Director, NASA’s Planetary Science Division
Getting Started in Astronomy
Raleigh Astronomy Club
1:30  
2pm Animals of the Constellations
Jan Weems, Museum Educator
The Scientific Search for Life in the Universe
Dr. Rachel L. Smith, Director, Astronomy & Space Observation Research Laboratory, Museum of Natural Sciences, NRC*
 
2:30   Amateur Astrophotography
Raleigh Astronomy Club
3pm Animals of the Constellations
Jan Weems, Museum Educator
Voyager and Discoveries at the Edge of the Solar System
Ian Hewitt, NASA/JPL Solar System Ambassador
3:30   Getting Started in Astronomy with Kids
Raleigh Astronomy Club
4pm Our Next Giant Leap: Human Spaceflight in the 21st Century
Marc Fusco, NASA/JPL Solar System Ambassador
NASA Spinoffs: Bringing Aerospace Technology into your Home
Tony Rice, NASA /JPL Solar System Ambassador
4:30    

*Dr. Rachel L. Smith is also an Assistant Professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Appalachian State University

Also Featuring

Mars Funky Physics Show

Dr. David Wright
Location: Environmental Conference Center, Nature Research Center 4th Floor
Saturday: 10:30am, 1:30pm, 3pm

Free Mini-workshop: Ancient Navigational Tools

Bob Alderink
Location: Natural World Investigate Lab, NRC second floor 
Saturday: 10:30am, noon, 1:30pm
Sunday: 2pm 

Movie: “In Saturn’s Ring - From a Dream to the IMAX Screen”

Free!
Saturday: 1pm
Sunday: 2pm

All other movies are ticketed.  For more information, please contact the Museum Box Office at 919.707.9950.

NASA EXHIBITS

Astronomy Days poster

Come visit with NASA Educators in the Environmental Conference Center, Nature Research Center 4th Floor!

The Challenges of Getting to Mars
Mars Funky Physics Adventures
Human Exploration of Mars
Landing on Mars
Drag Race to Mars
Mars’ Geology- Similarities with the Geology in North Carolina
Twisting and Turning through Mars and the Inner Planets
Make and Take Craft
Mars Jeopardy
EDL Xbox Game

Additional Exhibits

Blast Off Bottle Rockets!
Face Painting
DART to Mars –Durham Area Rocketry Team
In Saturn’s Rings – SV2 Studios
High Power Rocketry –Tripoli Rocketry Association
Meteorites- Touch a Rock From Space! – Duke University/ISIS Program
Microgravity Research: The Weightless Lumbees – UNC Pembroke
Solar Viewing -  Raleigh Astronomy Club
Scale of the Universe – Raleigh Astronomy Club
Astrophotography – Raleigh Astronomy Club
Exoplanets – Raleigh Astronomy Club
Telescopes on Display – Raleigh Astronomy Club
Modeling the Cosmos – Raleigh Astronomy Club
Your Age & Weight on Other Planets – Raleigh Astronomy Club
Your Photo on the Moon! – Town of Cary Space Camp
Ancient Navigation – NC Museum of Natural Sciences
How Craters are Formed – NC Museum of Natural Sciences
Light Pollution and Animal Navigation – NC Museum of Natural Sciences
Paint Comet Craft! - NC Museum of Natural Sciences
Astro-Bingo! – NC Museum of Natural Sciences
Animals of the Constellations –NC Museum of Natural Sciences
Make Your Own Star Chart -  NC Museum of Natural Sciences
Men on the Moon – NC Museum of Natural Sciences
Morehead Planetarium & Science Center
NC State Astrophysics
NC Academy of Sciences
Chapel Hill Astronomical and Observational Society

For more information contact bonnie.eamick@naturalsciences.org