Family Astronomy Night
Typically, astronomy night is held in-person at the MSU St. Andrews building in Midland. Events include family-oriented activities and stargazing through various telescopes. We will return to hosting our in-person events as soon as possible. We are excited to continue to deliver fun and engaging astronomy night events to you via Zoom for this fall season.
Monthly virtual presentations include finding the planets and other cool things currently in the night sky. We will also keep you updated on what is happening in space and technology. Time is allowed during each of our live (virtual) events to answer questions from participants. Each presentation offers, upon request, printable sky charts, and other materials for your home use.
Please see the information below for upcoming events and recordings of past virtual Family Astronomy Night presentations.
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This month’s presentation will focus on Saturn. Please check back, more details coming soon!
A Brief History of Rockets
What do the Apollo missions, the Hubble Space Telescope, the International Space Station, every planetary mission, and most of the world’s nuclear deterrent forces have in common? They all depend on rockets! But what, exactly, is a rocket? How does it differ from supersonic or hypersonic travel? Who invented the rocket? Are there different kinds of rockets? Why do some have multiple “stages”? How were rockets first used? When was the first manned rocket, or the first mission to other planets? Speaking of planets—what are the planets and constellations doing in our skies in July? Did you see Midland’s partial solar eclipse last month? Join us via Zoom to learn more!
The End of the Sun: How Large Stars Die The Sun has been a constant source of light, warmth, and life for all of human history. But, will it always be this way? What will happen as the Sun ages? Will it get colder? Hotter? Larger? Smaller? Believe it or not, the answer to ALL of these questions is—yes! Have you ever…
Please check back soon for a recording of this presentation! Exoplanets: Other Worlds Beyond Our Solar System People have known about planets since ancient times. But all of those planets orbit our sun. What about all the other stars? Astronomers have been hoping to find planets around them—exoplanets—for centuries. Yet did you know that not a single exoplanet was found to orbit…
Please check back soon for a recording of this presentation! Brown Dwarfs: More Numerous than Stars? What if a star tries to form but doesn’t quite make it? What happens then? Have you heard that such objects might be more common in our universe than normal stars? And that, despite this, none are visible with the unaided eye, and that astronomers with…