Awesome Astronomy

Learn about the stars and the galaxies with Planetarium Manager Marc Taylor! Plus, check our calendar for upcoming live astronomy events.


My Favorite Spring Sights — May 18, 2020
HRM Science Educator Tony Gordon explains what stargazers can see in the springtime sky, including Venus, the Big Dipper, and other constellations! Recommended for ages 8+.


The Great Debate and the Virgo Cluster — May 4, 2020
Travel back one hundred years with Planetarium Educator Ron Palumbo to a time when the big question in astronomy was, quite literally, how big is the universe. Recommended for ages 8+.


The “Youngest” Moon — April 20, 2020
This week, look for a young, ultra-thin crescent moon in the evening sky. Do you know what’s so special about this particular crescent moon? Watch to find out! Recommended for ages 8+.


Have You Seen Venus? — April 6, 2020
Did you know that you may be able to spot Venus from your window on a clear day? Marc Taylor explains the science behind why the planet is especially visible now in his new Awesome Astronomy video. “It’s a good time to see Venus because the planet is about as far from the Sun as it gets,” says Marc. Learn how Venus aligns with the Sun and how you can spot the planet at night and maybe even during the day! Recommended for ages 8+.


Three Planets in the Morning Sky (For All You Early Risers!) — March 30, 2020
Attention stargazers! Find out why you should get up early and check out the sky tomorrow, Tuesday, March 31. Marc Taylor kicks off the Awesome Astronomy video series with a challenge you can do both in cities and more rural areas. You don’t even have to leave your home! Recommended for ages 8+.