Programs & Events

Astronomy Days 2015

Program Number: 
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Program Type: 
Event
Date: 
Jan. 24, 2015 | Saturday, 9:00am
Multiple Times: 
Saturday, Jan 24, 9am-5pm; Sunday, Jan 25, noon-5pm
Location: Museum of Natural Sciences

The Museum partners with NASA and the Raleigh Astronomy Club to help you see the big picture — of the Universe! Space enthusiasts of all ages will find something to do at Astronomy Days. This year's special topic: Pluto and the outer planets!

Special Talks

WRAL 3D Theater

Saturday 11:30 am & 1:30 pm
Sunday 2:00 pm

Special Presentation by NASA Astronaut Andrew Feustel, PhD, with over 40 Hours of EVA (Spacewalking) experience to the Hubble Space Telescope and International Space Station.

"Flight Preparation and Experiences of a NASA Astronaut"

NASA Astronaut Andrew J. Feustel

Bio of NASA Astronaut Andrew J. Feustel

 

SATURDAY

Nature Research Center Green Roof, 4th Floor
1:00-2:30pm
Solar Viewing — Rescheduled for Sunday

 

SECU Daily Planet Theater
11:00 am Water on the Moon, Mars and Meteorites: The perspective from apatite group minerals
Dr. Chris Tacker, Senior Curator of Geology
NC Museum of Natural Sciences
12:30 pm The New Horizons Mission: On the Threshold of the Pluto System
Dr. John Spencer, Southwest Research Institute
3:00 pm Securing our Future through an Asteroid Sample Return Mission: OSIRIS-REx
Dr. Harold Connolly, American Museum of Natural History
4:00 pm Comets ... and Why Pluto is Not a Planet
Dr. Rachel Smith, NC Museum of Natural Sciences
Director, Astronomy & Astrophysics Research Lab; Curator of Meteorites
Assistant Professor, Appalachian State University

 

Windows on the World
10:30 am Launch Weather Forecasting
Tony Rice, JPL Solar System Ambassador
12:30 pm Ancient Navigational Tools and Skills
Bob Alderink, Curator of the Natural World Investigate Lab
NC Museum of Natural Sciences
1:30 pm Animals of the Constellations
Museum Educator
2:30 pm Animals of the Constellations
Museum Educator

 

Saturn Room, 4th Floor, NRC
11:00 am Human Missions to Mars
Ken Brandt, Director, Robeson Planetarium; JPL Solar System Ambassador Master Teacher
noon Minor Planets and Where to Find Them
Matthew Funke, JPL Solar System Ambassador
1:00 pm Spaceflight to Outer Planets -- How Do We Do It?
Alan Rich, JPL Solar System Ambassador
2:00 pm Modeling the Cosmos
Ron Monti, Raleigh Astronomy Club
3:00 pm Juno: Hunting the Origin of the Solar System
Ian Hewitt, NASA/JPL Solar System Ambassador
4:00 pm Orion and SLS: Our Next Giant Leap
Marc Fusco & Tony Rice, JPL Solar System Ambassadors

 

Uranus Room, 4th Floor, NRC
10:30 am NASA's Dawn: Mission to Two Asteroids
Matthew Funke, JPL Solar System Ambassador
11:30 am How Do You Drive on Mars?
Tony Rice, JPL Solar System Ambassador
12:30 pm Black Holes. Are They Really Black?
Steven M. Christensen, PhD, Dept. of Physics & Astronomy, UNC-Chapel Hill
1:30 pm A Scientist Goes to the Movies
Marc Fusco, JPL Solar System Ambassador
2:30 pm FAIL! Rockets That Blow Up and Other Things That Go Wrong
Alan Rich, JPL Solar System Ambassador
3:30 pm Black Holes. Are They Really Black?
Steven M. Christensen, PhD, Dept. of Physics & Astronomy, UNC-Chapel Hill

 

Neptune Room, 4th Floor, NRC
11:00 am Driveway Astronomy
Doug Lively, Raleigh Astronomy Club
noon Extreme Science in the Outer Solar System
Ian Hewitt, NASA/JPL Solar System Ambassador
1:00 pm A Galaxy Full of Exoplanets
Brian Reasor, Raleigh Astronomy Club
2:00 pm Why NASA's Deep Space Network is the Center of the Universe
Tony Rice, JPL Solar System Ambassador
3:00 pm Double Stars
Jim DellaPenna, Raleigh Astronomy Club
4:00 pm Astronomy with Binoculars
Phyllis Lang, Raleigh Astronomy Club

 

Workshops: Pluto Room, 4th Floor, NRC
11:00 am Types of Telescopes You Can Use at Home
Matt Lochansky, Raleigh Astronomy Club
noon Great NASA Apps for Teachers, Educators, and Parents
Alan Rich, JPL Solar System Ambassador
1:00 pm Getting Started in Astronomy
Ian Hewitt, Raleigh Astronomy Club
2:00 pm Getting Started in Astronomy with Kids
Michael Keefe, Raleigh Astronomy Club
3:00 pm Getting Started in Astrophotography
Chris Cole, Raleigh Astronomy Club

 

Level-A Conference Room
1:00-4:00 pm Going to Icy Worlds: Free Teacher Training Workshop (registration required)
Ken Brandt, Director, Robeson Planetarium; JPL Solar System Ambassador Master Teacher

 

Natural World Investigate Lab, 2nd Floor, NRC
10:30 am &
2:30 pm
Ancient Navigation and Measurement Workshop
Bob Alderink, NC Museum of Natural Sciences

 

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SUNDAY

Nature Research Center Green Roof, 4th Floor
1:00-2:30pm
Weather permitting
Solar Viewing

 

SECU Daily Planet Theater
1:00 pm The New Horizons Mission: On the threshold of the Pluto System
Dr. John Spencer, Southwest Research Institute
3:00 pm The Sun: Common and Uncommon Events
Dr. Patrick Treuthardt, Assistant Director, Astronomy & Astrophysics Reseach Lab, NC Museum of Natural Sciences
4:00 pm Comets ... and Why Pluto is Not a Planet
Dr. Rachel Smith, NC Museum of Natural Sciences
Director, Astronomy & Astrophysics Research Lab; Curator of Meteorites
Assistant Professor, Appalachian State University

 

Windows on the World
1:30 pm Animals of the Constellations
Museum Educator
2:30 pm Animals of the Constellations
Museum Educator
3:30 pm Water on the Moon, Mars and Meteorites: The perspective from apatite group minerals
Dr. Chris Tacker, Senior Curator of Geology
NC Museum of Natural Sciences

 

Saturn Room, 4th Floor, NRC
12:30 pm Minor Planets and Where to Find Them
Matthew Funke, JPL Solar System Ambassador
1:30 pm Juno: Hunting the Origin of the Solar System
Ian Hewitt, NASA/JPL Solar System Ambassador
2:30 pm Why NASA's Deep Space Network is the Center of the Universe
Tony Rice, JPL Solar System Ambassador
3:30 pm Modeling the Cosmos
Ron Monti, Raleigh Astronomy Club

 

Uranus Room, 4th Floor, NRC
1:00 pm Black Holes. Are They Really Black?
Steven M. Christensen, PhD, Dept. of Physics & Astronomy, UNC-Chapel Hill
2:00 pm A Scientist Goes to the Movies
Marc Fusco, JPL Solar System Ambassador
3:00 pm NASA's Dawn: Mission to Two Asteroids
Matthew Funke, JPL Solar System Ambassador
4:00 pm How Do You Drive on Mars?
Tony Rice, JPL Solar System Ambassador

 

Neptune Room, 4th Floor, NRC
12:30 pm Astronomical Spectroscopy: How We Know What's in the Cosmos
Matt Lochansky, Raleigh Astronomy Club
1:30 pm Driveway Astronomy
Doug Lively, Raleigh Astronomy Club
2:30 pm Extreme Science in the Outer Solar System
Ian Hewitt, NASA/JPL Solar System Ambassador
3:30 pm FAIL! Rockets That Blow Up and Other Things That Go Wrong
Alan Rich, JPL Solar System Ambassador

 

Workshops: Pluto Room, 4th Floor NRC
12:30 pm Getting Started in Astronomy
Ian Hewitt, Raleigh Astronomy Club
1:30 pm Getting Started in Astronomy with Kids
Michael Keefe, Raleigh Astronomy Club
2:30 pm Great NASA Apps for Teachers, Educators, and Parents
Alan Rich, JPL Solar System Ambassador
3:30 pm Getting Started in Astrophotography
Chris Cole, Raleigh Astronomy Club

 

Exhibitors

Journey to Mars – NASA Langley

CHAOS – Chapel Hill Astronomical and Observational Society
Infrared Technology – Duke Energy
Meteorites – Duke University
North Carolina Statewide Star Party – North Carolina Science Festival
NC State Astrophysics – Dept. of Physics, NCSU
Face Painting – Paint Savvy
AstroSurf with Smiley – Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute
Solar Observing – Raleigh Astronomy Club
Age, Weight & Jumping on Other Planets! – Raleigh Astronomy Club
Ask an Astronomer – Raleigh Astronomy Club
Astrophotograpy – Raleigh Astronomy Club
The Constellation Orion – Raleigh Astronomy Club
Dry Ice Comets – Raleigh Astronomy Club
Exoplanets – Raleigh Astronomy Club
Modeling the Cosmos – Raleigh Astronomy Club
Scale of the Universe – Raleigh Astronomy Club
Telescopes on Display – Raleigh Astronomy Club
SAS Curriculum Pathways – SAS Curriculum Pathways
Cary Space Innovation & Design Camp – Town of Cary
Astronomy Fact or Fiction – Triangle Skeptics
Drake Equation / Solar System Builder – UNC-CH Physics and Astronomy
Pocket Solar System / Lunar Phases – UHC-CH Physics and Astronomy
Ancient Navigational Instruments – NC Museum of Natural Sciences
Animals of the Constellations – NC Museum of Natural Sciences
Arthropods of the Zodiac – NC Museum of Natural Sciences
How Craters are Formed – NC Museum of Natural Sciences
Make & Take Star Charts – NC Museum of Natural Sciences
Maker Station: Lunar Lander & Mars Rover – NC Museum of Natural Sciences
Men on the Moon – NC Museum of Natural Sciences
Paint Comets – NC Museum of Natural Sciences
Bottle Rockets – NC Museum of Natural Sciences
I C Ceres – NC Museum of Natural Sciences
Kerbal Space Program – Raleigh Astronomy Club