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Astronomy Day 2016 Press Release

posted Mar 15, 2016, 3:21 PM by Anthony Pisano   [ updated Mar 15, 2016, 3:23 PM ]
For Immediate Release: March 10, 2016

Contact:         Morris Museum

973 971-3700

Morris Museum Reaches for the Stars with Astronomy Day

Saturday, April 02, 11am – 4pm


(Morristown, NJ)— On Saturday, April 02, 2016, 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 Speaker Topics: “Night Sky Landscapes”, “Hubble Space Telescope: Past, Present, and Future” & Let's Live in Space”

Guest speakers:


Night Sky Landscapes by Stan Honda, 12:30PM:

Our night sky is an awe-inspiring sight seen from dark sky sites. Stan Honda will show night sky landscapes and other astronomical images taken in national parks, locations around the world and even New York City.  He'll show the beauty of the night sky and why we need to preserve this diminishing resource


Hubble Space Telescope: Past, Present, and Future by Carlton (Tad) Pryor, 1:30PM:

About to enter its 26th year of operation, the Hubble Space Telescope has been enormously successful.  However, getting to this current state was a long and often rocky (and expensive) road.  He will discuss its history, why Hubble can do what ground-based telescopes cannot, and what the future holds in store.


 Let's Live in Space by Karl Hricko, 2:30PM:

Dr. Hricko is the Science Editor at WNTI (formerly at 91.9 FM, now streaming on the web) and an Adjunct Professor at Centenary College. His presentation will describe the colonization of space. It includes descriptions of living in an orbiting settlement or on the surface of the Moon or Mars.

Children’s activities include:

·         Pom-pom alien

·         Nebula in a jar

·         Sun-Earth-Moon craft

·         Constellation craft

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 15, 2016, 3:23 PM