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Springfield Museums, Astronomy Day
May 7 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm EDT
Join us for an out-of-this-world day at the Museums! Enjoy activities and demonstrations on the Museums Grounds and in the Science Museum. Astronomy Day began in California in 1973 as a way to share the joy of astronomy with the public and has grown into a worldwide annual event. Free with museum admission!
- Skygazing with guidance from members of the Springfield STARS Club.
- Take a virtual trip to Mars and tour several surface features as if you were flying above them.
- Learn about the Space suit in our soon-to-open Space Station gallery and see water boil at room temperature.
- Planetarium shows and more hands-on demonstrations and activities.
Astronomy Day is a national event that was started in 1973 by Doug Berger, the president of the Astronomical Association of Northern California. His intent was to set up various telescopes in busy urban locations so that passersby could enjoy views of the heavens. Over the years, Astronomy Day has grown into an international event, with hundreds of museums, planetariums, and astronomy clubs participating. The Springfield Museums have been celebrating for many years, introducing thousands of people to the stars.