Yuri’s Night!

When

Friday, April 12

6–9pm Where

Planetarium, Galleries, Greene Education Center

Admission Tickets

Venture into orbit and commemorate Yuri Gagarin, the first person to journey into outer space, on the 58th anniversary of Gagarin’s first and only spaceflight on the Vostok 3KA. Celebrate humanity’s past, present, and future in space with activities for all ages!

Schedule of events:

Vostok Capsule (all evening)
Step into a mock-up of Gagarin’s 2.3 meter Vostok capsule—tiny and primitive, but just enough to get a human into space and back again.

Astronaut Photo-Op (all evening)
Step into an astronaut’s shoes—or helmet—with this unique photo-op.

Science Workshops (6–8:30pm)
Make a star clock—a paper pocket calculator to read time from the Northern night sky. Create a constellation image based on traditional mythology or your own imagination! Construct atomic-age mobiles and window decorations from items including authentic 35mm slides.

Live Planetarium Show—Black Holes!(6:15–6:45pm)
The first-ever picture of a black hole was revealed this week! More than 50 million light years away, the black hole is in the giant elliptical galaxy M87, which is visible (with binoculars or telescope) in the Spring evening sky. Join us as we dive—for science!—into this ultimate cosmic abyss.

First Orbit Screening (6:30–8:30pm)
What was it like to be the first cosmonaut? What was it like see the Earth from outer space? First Orbit is a collaboration between filmmakers and astronauts to recreate Gagarin’s epic journey, weaving new views with historic recordings of Gagarin. Run time 108 minutes; English subtitles.

Karaoke in the Planetarium (7–7:30pm)
In space, no one would be able to hear you sing out of tune . . . so take a chance and choose from a menu of songs like “Starman” by David Bowie, “Intergalactic” by the Beastie Boys, and “Rocketman” by Elton John. Miss this round? Don’t worry! There will be another karaoke session at 8:30pm.

Live Planetarium Show—Black Holes! (7:45–8:15pm)
The first-ever picture of a black hole was revealed this week! More than 50 million light years away, the black hole is in the giant elliptical galaxy M87, which is visible (with binoculars or telescope) in the Spring evening sky. Join us as we dive—for science!—into this ultimate cosmic abyss.

Karaoke in the Planetarium (8:30–9pm)
In space, no one can hear you sing out of tune . . . so take a chance and choose from a menu of songs like “Starman” by David Bowie, “Intergalactic” by the Beastie Boys, and “Rocketman” by Elton John.

Solar System Sounds (all evening)
If you think that space is silent, think again. Space is filled with magnetic fields that sing and roar and whistle, pulsars that keep up a samba rythym, and the birdlike chirps of gravitational waves. Lie back in our our space-sound lounge and be transported.

Cash bar for 21+ open all evening. The galleries and Museum Shop will be open during the event.