MiaSci AstroJam Event and Cosmic Halloween Party 10/26/12-10/27/12

MiaSci AstroJam Event & Cosmic Halloween Party
AstroJam: A Cosmic Quest
Friday, Oct. 26, 5–10 p.m.  Admission is $5.00 per person after 5 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 27, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
Miami Science Museum
3280 South Miami Avenue
Miami, FL 33129

COST: Included with Museum admission. Students (with valid ID), seniors (62+) and children 3 – 12, $10.95; adults are $14.95. Admission is free for Miami Science Museum members and children under 3. Parking is free.

Have you ever looked up into the night sky and wondered about rovers exploring the surface of Mars, how Galileo used a small telescope to discover four moons of Jupiter, or how astronomers create those beautiful images of galaxies?
 
During this event to honor National Astronomy Day, guests will find out answers to these questions and discover lots more amazing things about the universe and how it works. They will conduct their own experiments, observe the night sky through the Museum’s rooftop telescopes, watch planetarium and laser shows, and listen to keynote speaker Professor Rafael Guzman, Chair of the Department of Astronomy at the University of Florida, who will talk about the largest optical telescope on Earth, the Gran Telescopio de Canarias. The event will also feature an exhibition of images of outer space created by students and with support from the Smithsonian’s Youth Capture the Colorful Cosmos program. Guests can even safely observe the Sun with solar telescopes from the Southern Cross Astronomical Society.
 
On Friday evening, guests will enjoy observing the night sky on the rooftop. To celebrate Halloween and an almost full Moon, guests on Saturday are encouraged to come dressed in their most out-of-this-world costumes and have a chance to win a prize. Also on Saturday, Professor Guzman will speak and guests will enjoy solar observing with the Southern Cross Astronomical Society.
 
Activities include:
•           Door prizes
•           Smithsonian Youth Capture the Colorful Cosmos exhibition
•           Galileo theatre show
•           Southern Cross Astronomical Society will be present
•           Planetarium shows
•           Hands-on activities such as making your own constellation, exploring color filter puzzles, using a laser to pass through a mirror maze, designing jewelry using ultraviolet beads, and much more

Smithsonian Youth Capture the Colorful Cosmos Exhibition
 
See an exhibition of student-created scientific artwork. Just like scientists take raw images of the night sky and create spectacular colorful images of the cosmos, students have remotely used real NASA telescopes to take their own images of outer space. Then they used the same kind of software that astronomers use, and processed their images to bring out all the wondrous detail of galaxies, nebula, and planets. Students not only learned the software and created the images on display, they will also be on hand during the AstroJam event to lead activities related to telescopes, color filters, and light.
 
Youth Capture the Colorful Cosmos is funded by the Smithsonian Institution’s Youth Access Grants program managed by the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Education and Access. The project is led by the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, in partnership with Smithsonian Affiliations.
 
Super 8 and 16mm Film Night
Friday, Oct. 26, 8–10 p.m.
 
Experience the finest cinematic treats screened in Super 8 and 16mm film formats. This is the only movie night in town that screens films on vintage and obsolete Super 8 and 16mm format. This event will feature science fiction, astronomy and experimental films, including Algol the DemonStar, The Motions of Attracting Bodies and classic Star Trek episodes. Musical interventions provided by Miami’s own DRACULA (Dorys Bello, Oviedo and Kian Seara).
 
Hosted by film historian/archivist Barron Sherer and Miami Science Museum’s Art & Collection Manager Kevin Arrow. Barron Sherer is a Miami-based film curator, programmer and artist. For over 20 years, he has curated and co-produced many film programs and festivals for local cinemas, museums, galleries and moving image archives. As a film and video archivist and preservationist, he has researched thousands of moving images for several award-winning productions including Academy Award nominated films such as The Weather Underground, Milk, and The Cove. In 2006, the Miami New Times named Barron “Best Film Buff.”

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