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  • 2014 Astronomy Day: April 5th


    Astronomy Day at the Museum of the Rockies. View the flyer for more information  astronomydayflyer  or see the post below.

  • Astronomy Day – April 5th

    Astronomy and Aerospace Day scheduled in Bozeman for April 5th

    A free day of astronomy- and aerospace-related events occurs in Bozeman on Saturday, April 5.

    BOZEMAN — A free afternoon of astronomy- and aerospace-related events for kids and adults will be held in Bozeman on Saturday, April 5, including talks by two Montana State University alumni who now work in space science and engineering: one as a systems engineer for Google[x] and another who is director of the world-famous Adler Planetarium in Chicago.

    The event takes place at the Museum of the Rockies from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., and all Astronomy and Aerospace Day 2014 activities are included that afternoon with museum admission. Kids under age 17 and students with a valid college ID have free admission that day.

    Exhibits in the main lobby will feature activities, information and give-aways from NASA missions and MSU researchers. Kids’ activities will take place throughout the afternoon. The planetarium show is Flight Adventures.

    Angela Des Jardins, director of Montana Space Grant Consortium, will begin the afternoon presentations at 1 p.m. in the Hager Auditorium.

    Former Curiosity Rover mobility engineer Jaime Waydo speaks at 1:10 pm. Waydo, an MSU alumnus, is currently a systems engineer on the chauffeur self-driving car program.

    At 3 p.m., MSU alumnus Michelle Larson, who is now president and CEO of the Adler Planetarium, presents “Cosmic Wonder: The only thing bigger than the Universe is human curiosity.” Her presentation will take place in the Museum of the Rockies’ Taylor Planetarium.

    An autograph session with both Larson and Waydo takes place from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. in the Hager Auditorium.

    Astronomy and Aerospace Day is sponsored by the Museum of the Rockies, Montana Space Grant Consortium, Monforton School Science and Gifted Programs, Space Public Outreach Team, Southwest Montana Astronomical Society, and MSU’s Extended University and College of Letters & Sciences.

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  • Astronomy Day 2012

      Saturday April 21, 2012 at the Museum of the Rockies, join us for Astronomy Day.  The committee is working hard on putting together another fun event this year.  Dr. David Levy, founder of several comets, is scheduled to be our guest speaker.  Activities, teacher classes, exhibits and solar viewing are also on the schedule.  More information will be posted as we get closer to the event.  This event is free and open to the public.

  • Astronomy Day 2009 at the Museum of the Rockies

    Four-hundred years ago Galileo Galilei began using telescopes to examine objects that were located in the sky. Immediately he made important discoveries: the Moon’s craters and mountains, moons revolving around Jupiter, dark spots on the Sun, phases of Venus, etc. The year 2009 has been named the International Year of Astronomy and commemorates the beginning of a new science ushered in by Galileo himself. The public is invited to join the Southwest Montana Astronomical Society, the Museum of the Rockies, the Montana Space Grant Consortium, the Solar Physics Research Group of Montana State University, and the SPIE Student Chapter of Montana State University, during Astronomy Day on April 4th to participate in the celebration.

    Planned activities include: planetarium shows, a number of presentations that will cover exciting subjects ranging from ‘Astronauts and Aliens’ to ‘Crow Indian Perspectives on the Night Sky’. A telescope exhibit will showcase many astronomical types of equipment and the Sun can be observed from the plaza entrance to the Museum (weather permitting). A fun children’s program will be offered and also a live demo on Internet astronomy will occur.

    Astronomy Day will take place at the Museum of the Rockies from 1:00 to 4:00 PM on Saturday, April 4, 2009. The day’s events and Museum admission will be FREE to the public. For more information please view the ‘Astronomy Day 2009‘ section of this website for a more detailed agenda.