MIASCIFriday, October 26, 5-10pm
Saturday, October 27, 10am-5pm
Miami Science Museum, 3280 South Miami Avenue, Miami

Have you ever looked up into the night sky and wondered about rovers exploring the surface of Mars, how Galileo used a small telescope to discover four moons of Jupiter, or how astronomers create those beautiful images of galaxies? During this event to honor National Astronomy Day, guests will find out answers to these questions and discover lots more amazing things about the universe and how it works. They will conduct their own experiments, observe the night sky through the Museum’s rooftop telescopes, watch planetarium and laser shows, and listen to keynote speaker Professor Rafael Guzman, Chair of the Department of Astronomy at the University of Florida, who will talk about the largest optical telescope on Earth, the Gran Telescopio de Canarias. The event will also feature an exhibition of images of outer space created by students and with support from the Smithsonian’s Youth Capture the Colorful Cosmos program. Guests can even safely observe the Sun with solar telescopes from the Southern Cross Astronomical Society. On Friday evening, guests will enjoy observing the night sky on the rooftop. To celebrate Halloween and an almost full Moon, guests on Saturday are encouraged to come dressed in their most out-of-this-world costumes and have a chance to win a prize. Also on Saturday, Professor Guzman will speak and guests will enjoy solar observing with the Southern Cross Astronomical Society. Activities include:   Door prizes, Smithsonian Youth Capture the Colorful Cosmos exhibition, Galileo theatre show, Southern Cross Astronomical Society will be present, Planetarium shows, Hands-on activities such as making your own constellation, exploring color filter puzzles, using a laser to pass through a mirror maze, designing jewelry using ultraviolet beads, and much more. Students (with valid ID), seniors (62+) and children 3 – 12, $10.95; adults are $14.95. Admission is free for Miami Science Museum members and children under 3. Admission is $5.00 per person after 5PM. Parking is free.

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