Friday, March 11, 2011



Morris Museum Reaches for the Stars with

Astronomy Day

WHEN: Saturday March 19, 11 AM – 5 PM
Morris Museum, 6 Normandy Heights Road (at the corner of Columbia Turnpike) in Morristown

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 AM to 5 PM, with night sky observing of the moon, planets and other celestial objects (weather permitting) from 8 to 10 PM. 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 Speakers: from “What’s My Sign” (the new horoscope) to “NASA Spinoffs”

Guest speaker John Scala will give a talk, “What’s My Sign,” a discussion on the relationship between astronomy and astrology, and the recent uproar over the change in the horoscope figures. Mr. Scala has served as Planetarium Director of Lenape Valley Regional High School in Stanhope, NJ for 23 years. Laura Venner will speak on “NASA Spinoffs: Bringing Space Down to Earth,” which looks at everyday items which are based on NASA inventions, in fields including health and medicine, consumer goods, transportation, and computer technology. Ms. Venner is Astronomy Educator/ Observatory Specialist for the Meadowlands Environment Center/William D. McDowell Observatory.

Additional presentations will take place throughout the day, including “Exploring the Solar System”; “Space Rocks”—all about asteroids and meteorites; and “The Universe”.

Children’s activities include “Design your own planet” and making a sun catcher decoration.

For more information about Astronomy Day, please email or call 973.971.3720.

The Morris Museum is open Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Thursday, 11 AM to 8 PM; and Sunday, 1-5 PM. 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 PM. For more information, call 973.971.3700, or visit