Saturday, March 26, 2016

MORRIS MUSEUM REACHES FOR THE STARS

Astro Day

ASTRONOMY DAY
WHEN:
Saturday, April 02, 11:00AM to 4:00PM, with night sky observing of the moon, planets and other celestial objects (weather permitting) from 7:00PM to 9:00PM
WHERE:
6 Normandy Heights Road (at the corner of Columbia Turnpike) in Morristown
ADMISSION: All Astronomy Day activities are free with Museum admission

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.

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.

Astronomy Lectures:

Night Sky Landscapes by Stan Honda, 12:30PM:

Our night sky is an awe-inspiring sight seen from dark sky sites. Stan Honda will show night sky landscapes and other astronomical images taken in national parks, locations around the world and even New York City.  He'll show the beauty of the night sky and why we need to preserve this diminishing resource

Hubble Space Telescope: Past, Present, and Future by Carlton (Tad) Pryor, 1:30PM:

About to enter its 26th year of operation, the Hubble Space Telescope has been enormously successful.  However, getting to this current state was a long and often rocky (and expensive) road.  He will discuss its history, why Hubble can do what ground-based telescopes cannot, and what the future holds in store.

Let's Live in Space by Karl Hricko, 2:30PM:

Dr. Hricko is the Science Editor at WNTI (formerly at 91.9 FM, now streaming on the web) and an Adjunct Professor at Centenary College. His presentation will describe the colonization of space. It includes descriptions of living in an orbiting settlement or on the surface of the Moon or Mars.

Children’s activities include:

  • Pom-pom alien
  • Nebula in a jar
  • Sun-Earth-Moon craft
  • Constellation craft

Further program and ticket information is available by calling 973.971.3700 or online at morrismuseum.org.

About the Morris Museum
Founded in 1913, the Morris Museum is an award-winning, community-based arts and cultural institution which serves the public through high caliber exhibitions in the arts, sciences and humanities.  The Museum also offers educational programs, family events, and is home to the Bickford Theatre and its wide range of performing arts offerings. Continuously serving the public since 1913, the Morris Museum has been designated a Major Arts Institution and has received the New Jersey State Council on the Arts’ Citation of Excellence, among other awards. The first museum in New Jersey to be accredited, the Morris Museum was re-accredited in 2013 by the American Alliance of Museums. 

The Morris Museum is a Blue Star Museum, offering free admission to active duty military personnel and their families, from Memorial Day to Labor Day.

Location & Hours
The Museum is located at 6 Normandy Heights Road (at the corner of Columbia Turnpike) in Morristown, NJ, and is open Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, 11:00am to 5:00pm and Sunday, 12:00 to 5:00pm. In addition, the Museum is open evenings from 5:00 to 8:00pm on the second and third Thursday of the month. Admission to the Museum is $10 for adults and $7 for children, students and senior citizens. Admission is always free for Museum members.  For more information, call (973) 971-3700, or visit www.morrismuseum.org.