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Astronomy Day 2011 Press Release

posted Apr 10, 2011, 8:02 PM by Anthony Pisano   [ updated Feb 7, 2012, 8:56 PM ]

For Immediate Release: March 14, 2011

Contact:

Sue Simek, Public Relations
Morris Museum
973.971.3714
publicrelations@morrismuseum.org

Morris Museum Reaches for the Stars with

Astronomy Day

Saturday March 19, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.

(Morristown, NJ)— On Saturday, March 19, 2011, 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 a.m. to 5 p.m., with night sky observing of the moon, planets

and other celestial objects (weather permitting) from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. All Astronomy

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, Astronomy Day visitors will be able to view the sun

through special filters, revealing sunspots, flares and prominences.

Guest Speakers: from “What’s My Sign” (the new horoscope) to “NASA Spinoffs”

Guest speaker John Scala will give a talk, “What’s My Sign”, a discussion on the

relationship between astronomy and astrology, and the recent uproar over the change

in the horoscope figures. Mr. Scala has served as Planetarium Director of Lenape

Valley Regional High School in Stanhope, NJ for 23 years. Laura Venner will be

speaking on “NASA Spinoffs: Bringing Space Down to Earth”, which looks at everyday

items which are based on NASA inventions, in fields including health and medicine,

consumer goods, transportation, and computer technology. Ms. Venner is Astronomy

Educator/Observatory Specialist for the Meadowlands Environment Center/William D.

McDowell Observatory.

Additional presentations will take place throughout the day, including “Exploring the

Solar System”; “Space Rocks” - all about asteroids and meteorites; and “The Universe”.

Children’s activities include “Design your own planet” and making a sun catcher

decoration.

For more information about Astronomy Day, please email programs@morrismuseum.org

or call 973.971.3720.

About the Morris Museum

The Morris Museum explores and celebrates the arts, sciences and humanities through

exhibitions, educational programs, performing arts and special events. Founded

in 1913, the museum serves over 200,000 adults and children each year. These

programs are made possible, in part, by funds from the New Jersey State Council on

the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts.

The Morris Museum, located at 6 Normandy Heights Road (at the corner of Columbia

Turnpike) in Morristown, NJ, is open Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5

p.m.; Thursday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.; and Sunday, 1-5 p.m. Admission to the museum is

$10 for adults and $7 for children, students and senior citizens. Admission is free for

museum members and is free to the public every Thursday between 5 and 8 p.m. For

more information, call 973-971-3700, or visit www.morrismuseum.org.

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