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Family Astronomy Night, Wednesday, May 4, 2022 at 7 PM EST – VIRTUAL EVENT

Asteroid belt

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Family Astronomy Night, Wednesday, April 6, 2022 at 7 PM EST – VIRTUAL EVENT

Stars

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Family Astronomy Night, Wednesday, March 9, 2022 at 7 PM EST – VIRTUAL EVENT

Image of Argo-Navis constellation

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Family Astronomy Night, Wednesday, February 2, 2022 at 7 PM EST – VIRTUAL EVENT

Image depicting planets and time

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Family Astronomy Night, Wednesday, January 12, 2022 at 7 PM EST – VIRTUAL EVENT

Image of Milky Way

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Family Astronomy Night, Wednesday, December 1, 2021 at 7 PM EST – VIRTUAL EVENT

The Hyades star cluster

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Family Astronomy Night, Wednesday, November 3, 2021 at 7 PM EST – VIRTUAL EVENT

Crab Nebula

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Family Astronomy Night, Wednesday, October 6, 2021 at 7 PM EST – VIRTUAL EVENT

Image of Andromeda Galaxy

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Deep-Sky Objects: Marvels Of The Night

Did you know that there are many objects you can see in the night sky that are neither stars nor planets? Were you aware that many clusters or clouds of glowing deep-space gas can be seen with your unaided eye, and dozens more are visible with simple binoculars? Have you heard that some deep-sky objects are so large and bright that we can see them even though they are thousands of light-years away, up to halfway across the galaxy? And that there are even other galaxies that we can see with our unaided eye? And what are the planets and constellations doing in our skies in October? Join us by Zoom to learn more!

Family Astronomy Night, Wednesday, September 15, 2021 at 7 PM EST – VIRTUAL EVENT

Image of planet Venus

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Venus: Our Brightest Planet

Did you know that Venus is the brightest object in the night sky other than the Moon—so bright that it is often mistaken for an airplane? Or that these next several months are the best times to see Venus in the evening since early in 2020, and that it won’t be this nice again until spring of 2023? Are you aware that humans have sent nearly forty missions to the planet Venus—and that almost half of them failed? Have you heard that the surface temperature of Venus is hot enough to melt lead, and the surface pressure is great enough to crush a submarine? And what are the other planets and constellations doing in our skies in September? Join us by Zoom to learn more!

Family Astronomy Night, Wednesday, August 11, 2021 at 7 PM EST – VIRTUAL EVENT

The latest view of Saturn from NASA's Hubble Space Telescope captures exquisite details of the ring system

Saturn:  Our Most Beautiful Planet Did you know that Saturn is the furthest of the planets that we can easily see with our unaided eye?  Have you heard that, while Saturn is many times larger and heavier than Earth, it is so light for its size that it would float on water?  Are you aware that, while humans have sent nearly 50…