NC Museum of Natural Sciences’ Astronomy Days Returns Virtually

Almost a full week of virtual cosmic fun!
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Astronomy Days at the NC Museum of Natural Sciences

“Houston, we have liftoff!” Don’t miss NC Museum of Natural Sciences’ Astronomy Days: NOW VIRTUAL! on Monday, Jan. 24 through Sunday, Jan. 30. From learning about rockets to participating in space trivia, this virtual multi-day event offers a cosmic array of programs, along with presentations that will send you into orbit. Join the Raleigh Astronomy Club and learn more about the planet in the hot seat this year, Venus. Admission is free for all events.

Virtual Programs

At the present time, there are 16 virtual programs scheduled for this year’s Astronomy Days. From time to time more could be added so check for updates on their website as time draws closer. Highlighted below are six presentations not to miss. Register your family ahead of time for each event.

Tuesday, Jan. 25
Virtual Trivia Tuesday: Get Spacey

6-7pm
Join museum astrophysicist Patrick Treuthardt and quizmaster Chris for trivia that is out of this world. Register your team in advance, and hope for world…nay, universal domination. Suggested age is 10 and older.

Wednesday, Jan. 26
The Webb Space Telescope – the Weird Way It Flies and How It Sees Things We Can’t See
10-11am
This family oriented virtual presentation by NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory explains “gravity surfing” and explores the effects of it on the Webb Space Telescope.

Thursday, Jan. 27
Venus: Earth’s Evil Sibling
12-1pm
This informative session compares Earth and Venus. How is one perfect for life, and the other not? Find out all the similarities and differences between these twin planets.

Friday, Jan. 28
Picking the Right Rocket
10-11am
So many rockets to choose from, so little time. This talk shares information about different rockets from varying organizations, and what sets them apart from each other.

Saturday, Jan. 29
We Are Made of Star Stuff – Stardust in the Laboratory
3-3:55pm
Discover what stardust is and how it gives us insight on how our solar system was built. 

Sunday, Jan. 30
The Fermi Paradox: Why E.T. Can’t Phone Home
3:30-4:30pm
Elliott. Elliott. Have fun learning if there are others out there, and if so, why they don’t return our calls. By the end, you’ll know what “Great Filters” are, and if anyone is listening.

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