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Astronomy Weekend 2009: May 1, 2, and 3

Hudson River Museum

Science Author Speaks • An Observatory Tour • Discover the Universe
A Moveable Museum • and the Chromatics Sing!

The Hudson River Museum, Yonkers, presents Astronomy Weekend on Friday, May 1, Saturday, May 2, and Sunday, May 3 at the Andrus Planetarium on the Museum campus at 511 Warburton Avenue, exit 9 off the Saw Mill River Parkway. 

The Andrus Planetarium at the Hudson River Museum is the only planetarium open to the public in Westchester County. On Friday from 5 to 8 pm planetarium shows and Museum admission are both FREE.  Saturday and Sunday, May 2 and 3, planetarium shows are FREE with Museum admission.

Astronomy Weekend 2009 is sponsored, in part, by Information Methods Incorporated.

Astronomy Weekend 2009 Events

Friday, May 1
Museum admission and programs FREE

7 pm
Beyond the Dome, Planetarium show
See Saturn, the second largest planet in our solar system and the moon, Earth’s nearest neighbor. Then, outdoors see these celestial bodies through telescopes.

8 pm
“In Search of Time,” an illustrated talk by Dan Falk, science journalist

A specialist in physics, astronomy, and cosmology, Dan Falk discusses intriguing aspects of time — how it was first measures by man, linking time to space, and the physics of time travel. The award-winning author’s latest book In Search of Time: The Science of a Curious Dimension (St. Martins Press, November 2008), follows his popular Universe on a T-Shirt,  He is a frequent contributor to the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation’s radio programs Ideas and Quirks and Quarks, as well as Radio Netherlands and the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.

Saturday, May 2
FREE with Museum admission

1, 2, and 3 pm
Tours of the Draper Observatory Grounds, Hastings-on-Hudson

In 1860, John and Henry Draper built an observatory on a hilltop in Hastings-on-Hudson, and from there took some of the first astronomical photographs. Tour the buildings and view the artifacts.
Tickets at Lobby Desk, 12 noon. Meet in Lobby 10 minutes before your reserved trip on shuttle bus. 15 participants per tour.

Sunday, May 3
Events and Planetarium shows are FREE with Museum admission

1 – 3 pm
Discover the Universe Moveable Museum

From the American Museum of Natural History
A hands-on laboratory of telescopes and interactive exhibitions. Reach for the stars and discover the universe of light, gravity, and orbits!

2:30 pm
Music: The Chromatics
Science, pop and rock songs for kids.

3 pm
Rocket Launch   
Hudson Valley Challenger Center
Launch model rockets outside. Indoors, look for models and artifacts from America’s space program.

1, 2, 3 pm
Tours of the Troster Hall of Science  
Follow 400 years of progress in our knowledge of the universe.

1 – 4 pm
Ongoing Workshops and Activities
Make a sundial, star clocks, postcards or write a sky legend.

Planetarium Show Schedule
Saturday and Sunday, May 2 and 3

12:30   The Friendly Stars, Ages 3 – 6
             Chat with the sun, sing with the stars.
1:30     The Sky Tonight: The Big Dipper
             The Big Dipper holds surprises. Dive deep into this often observed part of the northern sky.
2:30     Solar System Safari, Ages 6 – 12
            With Danger Dave, meet the planets and other objects in the solar system.
3:30     The Sky Tonight: The Big Dipper

The Hudson River Museum is located at 511 Warburton Avenue, Yonkers NY. Minutes from the Saw Mill River Parkway, exit 9, north or southbound. Information and directions: 914.963.4550 and Wed - Sun 12- 5 pm. Fridays 12-8 pm. Admission: Adults $5; Seniors 62 & older and youth 5-16 $3. Fridays 5 to 8 pm free.

The largest cultural institution in Westchester County, the Hudson River Museum is a multi-disciplinary complex that draws its identity from its site on the banks of the Hudson River, and seeks to broaden the cultural horizons of all its visitors. It engages in the presentation of exhibitions, programs, teaching initiatives, research, collection, preservation, and conservation – a wide range of activities that interpret its collections, interests and communities.




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