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COSMIC STRINGS ALERT: Virginia Science Fest Star Party!

October 8, 2015

Hello folks!

Welcome to October…and Virginia Science Fest!  As part of this wonderful event, our regular monthly star party is going to be extra special!

The good folks from NASA Langley will be here, showing us how NASA is “Looking Outward, Looking Inward.”  Did you know that Earth is being studied by a fleet of amazing spacecraft right now…all sent up to orbit by NASA.  These satellites are teaching us amazing things about our home planet all the time.  Come learn about NASA’s missions to Planet Earth!

Just a few of the many satellites NASA has in orbit to study our planet. Image courtesy NASA.

Just a few of the many satellites NASA has in orbit to study our planet. Image courtesy NASA.  Click to enlarge.

One amazing thing you’ll have the chance to do is use a special app that allows you to manipulate a 3D model of one of NASA’s spacecraft…and even take a selfie with it!  Bring your smartphone or tablet to get in on the fun – and don’t forget to post it to Facebook!

Weather permitting, we’ll be viewing the heavens with our many telescopes as soon as the Sun goes down.  NASA’s exhibits and activities will be open and ready for you to enjoy by 5:30pm.  The Wild Side Cafe will be open for dinner, drinks and snacks until 9pm.  And of course, you can always catch a cool show in the Abbitt Planetarium:

6:30pm Oasis in Space – discover the uniqueness of our own planet Earth!

7:30pm Virginia Skies – explore the evening sky with a staff astronomer

8:30pm Laser Pop – rock out to pop music of yesteryear!

10:00pm Laser Queen – classic tracks and awesome lasers

11:30pm Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon – the seminal laser show experience

So make plans to join us at the Virginia Living Museum on Saturday, October 10, beginning at 5:30pm.  Observing and NASA’s exhibits and activities are FREE, planetarium programs are $3 per person for members, $6 per person for non-members.  Take in any 2 shows on the same night for $5 members/$10 non-members.  The VLM is located at 524 J. Clyde Morris Blvd in Newport News, VA.  Take exit 258A from I-64 and follow the signs.  Once on site, please follow the red rope lights to the Wason Education Center.  The main museum (except for the Cafe and the Observatory) will be closed for a private event.

See you this Saturday!

Carpe noctem,

Kelly

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