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Astronomy Day 2015

posted Mar 8, 2015, 6:19 AM by Anthony Pisano
Morris Museum Reaches for the Stars with Astronomy Day
Saturday, March 28, 11am – 4pm

(Morristown, NJ)— On Saturday, March 28, 2015, 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 4 p.m., with night sky observing of the moon, planets and other celestial objects (weather permitting) from 7 p.m. to 9 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 “How to Locate Planets”, “The Extended Habitable Zone: New Ideas about Finding Earthlike Civilizations” & “Winter Star Party - A Latitude Adjustment” – Observing in the Florida Keys”

Guest speaker John Scala will give a talk, “How to Locate Planets”, a family friendly discussion on the locations of the planets in the night sky in the different seasons. Mr. Scala has served as Planetarium Director of Lenape Valley Regional High School in Stanhope, NJ for over25 years.
Lonny Buinis will discuss “The Extended Habitable Zone: New Ideas about Finding Earthlike Civilizations” This talk will outline new ideas in the search for life around other stars. Mr. Buinis is an instructional designer at Raritan Valley Community College in Branchburg, NJ. The Astronomical Society’s own Ron Schmahl will be speaking of his recent trip to the “Winter Star Party - A Latitude Adjustment” – Observing in the Florida Keys

Children’s activities include:
 Construct a UV bead keychain.
 Design an alien spacecraft.
 Make a Postcard from Outerspace.
 Create chromatography atmosphere art.

The museums planetarium will be available.
There is a charge of $1 for members and $2 for non-members. Everyone must have a ticket. 20 people maximum per show. Seating is on the floor and very limited.
For more information about Astronomy Day, please email or call 973.971.3700.

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
Anthony Pisano,
Mar 8, 2015, 6:19 AM
Anthony Pisano,
Mar 8, 2015, 6:19 AM