Astronomy Evening at Miami Science Museum 10/1/11

Saturday, Oct. 1, 5-10 p.m.
Miami Science Museum
3280 South Miami Avenue
Miami, FL 33129
$5 per person

Evening to Include Live Astronomy Music Concert, Sneak Peek at New PBS Show Star Gazers with Special Appearance by Host Marlene Hidalgo, Storytelling with the Miami-Dade Public Library System, Raffle for a Free Telescope, and More

Miami Science Museum will take its guests on a cosmic journey on Oct. 1, during its Astronomy Evening 2011. Attendees will not only enjoy a special “Astronomy Music: Live Celestial Concert” by astronomer Dr. James Webb of Florida International University, but also a preview of the new PBS program Star Gazers, and a special appearance by Star Gazers Co-Host Marlene Hidalgo. In addition, the evening will include a “Tales Under the Stars” program presented by the Miami-Dade Public Library System, guest speakers, a raffle for a free Celestron FirstScope Telescope, and more.

During Dr. Webb’s hour-long concert, guests will enjoy “galactic” songs such as “Cosmos Theme,” “Across the Universe,” and “The Grand Scheme of Things” on classical guitar, while astronomic images and/or song lyrics are projected onto the Planetarium’s dome. Dr. Webb is director of the SARA North Observatory located at Kitt Peak National Observatory in Arizona, and a professor of physics at Florida International University. He is also a member of the Science Songwriters Association.

WPBT2-PBS’s new astronomy series that builds on the legacy of Jack Horkheimer’s award-winning series, Star Gazers, will debut on television Oct. 4. Astronomy Evening attendees will enjoy a sneak peek at the show, which explores what’s happening in the night sky and encourages viewers to “keep looking up!” Miami Science Museum, the Kika Silva Pla Planetarium at Santa Fe College, and the Cincinnati Observatory are partnering with WPBT2-PBS to produce the program. The show’s female co-host, Marlene Hidalgo, a Miami-area seasoned science teacher, will also make an appearance at Astronomy Evening.

For even more interplanetary fun, guests can partake in “Tales Under the Stars” with the Miami-Dade Public Library System, which will include interactive and fun storytelling, music and creative dramatics.

Special guest speakers will present out-of-this-world information as part of the inaugural Jack Horkheimer Lecture Series, dedicated to space and naked eye astronomy. Also, guests can enter a raffle to win a free Celestron FirstScope Telescope. Plus, there are many more surprises in store for all attending the evening.

Admission to the event is $5 per person. Tickets are available only at the Miami Science Museum Box Office.

Sponsorship and partnership opportunities are available. Current Astronomy Evening 2011 sponsors and partners include Celestron Telescopes; Department of Physics, Florida International University; Miami-Dade Public Library System, and Southern Cross Astronomical Society.

For more information, contact the Miami Science Museum Box Office at 305.646.4234 or boxoffice@miamisci.org.

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