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A Night of Celestial Excitement: Join Us April 28 at the Stargazing Party!

i-4ddbf38ec370ec8181ee6d3a9e83b59a-USASEF_stargazing_Party_24x36_FINAL_v4-thumb-300x450-73735.pngUnder the guidance of some of the top astronomy experts in the country, explore our amazing Universe – including up close views of the Earth’s moon, Jupiter and other mysterious planetary objects – at the Stargazing Party, an exciting educational collaboration between the Festival, the Smithsonian’s National Air & Space Museum (NASM), telescope manufacturer Celestron and other partners, on Saturday, April 28 at NASM in Washington, DC.

A hit with visitors at the inaugural Festival in 2010, the Stargazing Party is returning to the Festival Expo with an equally impressive lineup of evening celestial activities which include Bill Nye the Science Guy in a live recorded broadcast by Planetary Radio with host Mat Kaplan who will inspire other young astronomers to make their own unbelievable discoveries!

In addition, don’t miss presentations by such prominent astronomy educators as Drs. Jeffrey Bennett and Jeff Goldstein who will give walking tours of the celebrated Voyage Scale Solar Model System located just outside the NASM and later discuss other fascinating facets of our quest to explore the universe.

Celestron will add hand-on excitement to this night with telescopes set up around NASM’s Public Observatory to accommodate visitors’ celestial viewing enjoyment.

Event Details:
April 28, 2012- 06:30 PM to 10:30 PM
Smithsonian Institution’s National Air and Space Museum on the National Mall

6:30 pm – 7:45 pm: Walking Tours of the Voyage Scale Model Solar System (space is limited, sign up for one of the 3 thirty-minute tours at the museums info desk when you arrive)
7:30 pm: Telescopes ready for viewing around NASM’s Public Observatory
7:45 pm: Doors open for Stargazing Party!
8:00 pm: Program in Moving Beyond Earth gallery, including welcome by Bill Nye the Science Guy and remarks by Celestron, and the Planetary Radio Live program
8:10 – 10:20 pm: Check out “Scale of the Universe” and “Human Exploration: the Journey Continues” in Milestones of Flight, plus “Forces of Flight” in How Things Fly, and look for hands-on Discovery Stations throughout the first floor of the Museum!

For more information on this free event, visit this link. And keep updated on other exciting Festival activities taking place in the month of April (including Expo Weekend) here.

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