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Astronomy Day

Star Machine

Astronomy Day is an annual event intended to provide a means of interaction between the general public and various astronomy enthusiasts, groups and professionals.

This event was started in 1973 by Doug Berger, the president of the Astronomical Association of Northern California. His intent was to set up various telescopes in busy urban locations so that passersby could enjoys views of the heavens. Since then the event has expanded and is now sponsored by a number of organizations associated with astronomy.

The MWA Planetarium is continuing the tradition with its own Astronomy Day exhibition. This year's theme is the colonization of outer space and will include such topics as the terraforming of Mars, long duration space medicine, asteroid mining, space law and much more.

This year we are expanding the scope of our exhibition; now including many new games, demonstrations and activities, with something for all ages.

To make this year a success, we need YOUR help! If you are interested in volunteering at the Planetarium on Astronomy Day, then just let us know.

You can contact us here.

For a complete schedule of our shows and presentations, you can click here to download




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