Event Details

Statewide Astronomy Night

Statewide Astronomy Night

Fri April 20, 2018 5-8 p.m.

Program schedule for this evening

  • 5:15 pm IBEX
  • 6:00 pm Live Star Talk
  • 7:00 pm Dr. Nicole Zellner talk.
  • The Kalamazoo Valley Museum will participate in Statewide Astronomy Night (SWAN) on April 20 from 5 to 8 p.m. A number of astronomy-related activities for all ages will be presented free of charge. SWAN is coordinated by Michigan State University’s annual Science Festival.

    Planetarium staff will share their knowledge through interactive demonstrations and discussions. Participants will learn about telescopes, make planispheres and moon dials, and see demonstrations on how to view the sun safely. Astronomy-themed refreshments will be served.

    A stargazing presentation will be offered in the planetarium at 6 p.m. and will focus on the spring time sky and its constellations here in southwest Michigan. Directly following this will be a showing of "IBEX: Search for the Edge of the Solar System." The presentation examines the Interstellar Boundary Explorer and its use to map the furthest reaches of our solar system.

    At 7 p.m., Dr. Nicolle Zellner, Professor of Astronomy at Albion College, will present “ANSMET: Space Exploration Way Down Under” in the Stryker Theater. During the 2006-2007 field season, Dr. Nicolle Zellner was a member of the ANSMET (Antarctic Search for Meteorites) team that searched for rocks from space on the ice fields of Antarctica. During her two months there, she and her team collected over 800 meteorites that provide clues to the early days of our Solar System. In addition, Dr. Zellner will discuss her formative years growing up in the Midwest, her path of becoming a scientist, and some of her other research interests and unique experiences.

    Venues around the state of Michigan will open their doors to help people see and connect with the beauty and science that lies overhead. Events and other sites participating in Michigan State’s Science Festival and Statewide Astronomy Night