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Astro Day at the Morris Museum

posted Mar 7, 2020, 1:49 PM by Anthony Pisano   [ updated Mar 7, 2020, 2:08 PM ]

Astro Day at the Morris Museum

Saturday, April 4, 2020


(Morristown, NJ, March 1, 2020) –The Morris Museum and The Morris Museum Astronomical Society will host a fun-filled family event that is out of this world!  Astronomy programs, children’s activities, and interactive displays will be scheduled throughout the day from 11:00AM to 3:00PM, with night sky observing of the moon, planets and other celestial objects from 7:30PM to 9:00PM. All Astro Day activities are free with museum admission.

Experts from the Morris Museum Astronomical Society will be on hand to provide lectures, telescope training (bring your family’s telescope), solar observation and night sky observing. (weather permitting).  Astro Day visitors will be able to view the sun through special filters, revealing sunspots, flares and prominences.

Further program and ticket information is available by calling 973.971.3700 or

Guest Speakers:

12:00PM Ron Furia “In Search of New Earths” The discovery of exoplanets has begun a search for Earth-like planets. The presentation will review some of the methods used to locate exoplanets and the type of exoplanets found so far. It will explain what is meant by “Earth - like'' and look at some of the most Earth- like exoplanets discovered to-date.

1:00PM Smithsonian Film: An Ocean Mystery: The Missing Catch

2:00PM Karl Hricko “Voyage Through the Universe” Join us on a cosmic voyage to visit the Solar System, the Milky Way Galaxy and other wonders of the universe.



§  Telescope Training & Telescope Clinic (bring your scope if you have one!)

§  NASA 3D Posters/Pictures

§  Meteorite Display

§  Telescope Display

§  Question & Answer Table

§  BASF's Kids' Lab - Astronomy themed crafty science project

§  Astronomy worksheets and other fun activities.  

§  Photo Opportunities - take your photo at a special Astro Day inspired station.

§  Solar and celestial observing (weather permitting).


Access to the Museum's Exhibitions


FREE for Museum Members.
FREE with Museum Admission for Non-members.
To become a Member, and attend this special day for free, and visit the museum year-round for free visit, email, or call 973.971.3721. 

The Astro Family Day program is made possible in part by generous support from:

  • Morris Museum Astronomical Society
  • BASF Corporation

About the Morris Museum

Founded in 1913, the Morris Museum is an award-winning, community-based arts and cultural institution which serves the public through high-caliber exhibitions in the arts, sciences and humanities.  The Museum also offers educational programs, family events, and is home to the Bickford Theatre and its wide range of performing arts offerings. Continuously serving the public since 1913, the Morris Museum has been designated a Major Arts Institution and has received the New Jersey State Council on the Arts’ Citation of Excellence, among other awards. The first museum in New Jersey to be accredited, the Morris Museum was re-accredited in 2013 by the American Alliance of Museums.

The Morris Museum is a Blue Star Museum, offering free admission to active duty military personnel and their families, from Memorial Day to Labor Day.

Morris Museum Astronomical Society

The Morris Museum Astronomical Society (MMAS) was formed over 45 years ago to provide a resource for those in the Northern New Jersey area who have an interest in astronomy.

The society meets for programs on various topics in astronomy at the Morris Museum on the second Thursday of the month from September through June at 7:00PM. They can be reached at or or

Location and Hours

The Museum is located at 6 Normandy Heights Road (at the corner of Columbia Turnpike) in Morristown, NJ, and is open Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, 11:00am to 5:00pm and Sunday, 12:00 to 5:00pm. In addition, the Museum is open evenings from 5:00 to 8:00pm on the second and third Thursday of the month. For more information, call (973) 971-3700, or visit

Admission to the Museum is $10 for adults and $7 for children, students and senior citizens. Admission is always free for Museum members.  To become a Member, and visit the museum year-round for free visit, email, or call 973.971.3721. 

Anthony Pisano,
Mar 7, 2020, 2:00 PM