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Apollo Day at the Planetarium

July 20, 2019

Saturday, July 20, 2019 marks the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission that enabled Neil Armstrong to become the first man to ever walk on the surface of the Moon. To commemorate this historic event, we invite visitors to the Museum to join us Saturday at the Treworgy Planetarium for a series of fun moon-themed activities for all ages!

All activities will take place inside the Treworgy Planetarium building. Our regular Planetarium shows have an extra cost, but all other activities are free!

“Moon Crafts”
9:30-10:30 a.m. and 12:30-1:30 p.m.
Howell Classroom (Planetarium lower level)

Drop in any time during these hour-long windows to try your hand at one of two different moon-themed crafts that you can take home with you!

“Pin Neil Armstrong on the Moon”
9:30-10:30 a.m. and 12:30-1:30 p.m.
Howell Classroom (Planetarium lower level)

Drop in any time during these hour-long windows for a moon-themed twist on the classic game. Kids of all ages can don a blindfold and try to help Neil get as close as possible to the famous Sea of Tranquility.

“Phases of the Moon”
9:30-9:50 a.m. and 12:30-12:50 p.m.
Campbell Classroom (Planetarium lower level)

Participate in a hands-on demonstration that explains why the moon appears to go through a series of phases, and see what those phases look like from Earth’s perspective.

9:50-10:10 a.m. and 12:50-1:10 p.m.
Campbell Classroom (Planetarium lower level)

Join us for an interactive (and possibly messy!) demo about how craters are formed on the surfaces of the Earth and the Moon.

“Sun-Earth-Moon Model”
10:10-10:30 a.m. and 1:10-1:30 p.m.
Campbell Classroom (Planetarium lower level)

Help us use a model of the Sun, Earth, and Moon to explore cool things like moon phases, seasons, and even eclipses!

“Apollo 11: 50 Years Later”
4:00-4:45 p.m.
A FREE program in the Planetarium Theater

Our usual 4:00 p.m. public show will not be taking place today. In its place, we invite visitors to join us for a free special presentation, where members of the Planetarium staff will share their personal recollections of this day in 1969, and video clips projected onto our dome will create an immersive re-telling of this historic moment.

“Make a Moon Memory”
All Day Activity
Planetarium Lobby

We are collecting “moon memories” for a display case in our Lobby. “Moon memories” can be anything personal to you that reminds you of the moon. Stop by any time during the day to add your special memory to our case.