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Our Dynamic Planet

  • Friday, April 21, 2017
  • 7:00pm - 8:00pm
View of Earth with an accurate background star field, made with OpenSpace visualization software.

View of Earth with an accurate background star field, made with OpenSpace visualization software. Credit: Dr. Rachel L. Smith, Head, Astronomy & Astrophysics Research Lab/NC Museum of Natural Sciences.

Tour of our dynamic planet, followed by outdoor star party

Celebrate Earth Day early with a visually compelling tour of our dynamic planet when the Museum hosts a live presentation featuring new NASA-funded real-time visualization software called OpenSpace, on Friday, April 21. Following the presentation, visit the Museum’s outdoor facility in west Raleigh for a guided look at the stars.

Beginning with views of Earth inspired by images taken by Apollo 8 astronauts, members of the first manned mission to the Moon, the presentation will guide you through the many ways in which scientists are using satellite instruments and computer models to monitor global change. This immersive presentation will be led by the American Museum of Natural History’s Director of Astrovisualization Carter Emmart and NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies climate scientist Benjamin Cook. The presentation will feature additional live links to other museums that are also part of this new partnership between AMNH, the NC Museum of Natural Sciences, and other leaders in space visualization.

Following the presentation, visitors can attend the Statewide Star Party at Prairie Ridge Ecostation, the Museum’s outdoor education facility at 1671 Gold Star Drive. From 8:30 to 11:00pm, you can view the stars and planets through telescopes, learn about the constellations, get answers to your astronomy questions, and learn how you can help scientists learn more about our universe while having fun doing astronomy and night sky activities for all ages. This event is part of the NC Science Festival.



April 21, 2017
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm


SECU Daily Planet Theater

Downtown Raleigh
11 West Jones Street
Raleigh, NC 27601 United States
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Rachel Smith