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Astronomy Day 2011 at the Hudson River Museum

Sunday, May 8  12 - 5 pm

Solar Punch, Live Music for Climate Change
FREE Planetarium Shows

The Hudson River Museum celebrates Astronomy Day on Sunday, May 8 with music by Solar Punch; a tour of our “Galactic Neighborhood” with Jason Kendall, a NASA Solar System Ambassador; space activities; and, FREE planetarium shows.
Since 1973, Astronomy Day, an annual event, occurs on a Saturday between mid-April and mid-May at or just before the first quarter Moon. It “Brings Astronomy to the People,” and brings astronomy enthusiasts, groups, and professionals together.

Astronomy Day is sponsored, in part, by IMI.

Planetarium Shows and Events Are FREE with Museum admission.

Solar Punch
2:30 pm
Appreciate our own star, the Sun with Solar Punch, a sun-powered musical ensemble. Solar Punch makes music with solar energy! The live music setup – solar panels, inverter, batteries – a suitcase-sized, living model of how solar electric works.  Solar panel. Guitar, bass.

Tour Our Galactic Neighborhood with Jason Kendall, NASA Solar System Ambassador
1, 2, 3 and 4 pm
Journey from the Sun out 50 light-years. Stop at stars of interest and ones that host planets of their own in a room-filling model of nearby space. More than 70 stars are depicted in their correct positions relative to the sun.

Planetarium Shows     FREE with Museum admission                                            
The Friendly Stars                 12:30 pm                     Ages 4 to 7
Create constellations, chat with Sol, the sun, and sing along with the stars.

The Sky Tonight                    2 and 3:30 pm             All ages
Explore the constellation Cassiopeia, and more.

Space Activities     
Tour the Troster Hall of Science     
1, 2, 3, and 4 pm

See astronomical images, the simplest telescope, and demonstrations of the
properties of light.

Workshops All Afternoon                                                                                     
Create a spectrometer out of household items, make and take home a star finder, and find your birthday star.    

Solar Observing
View the Sun through a fully eye-safe solar telescope, weather permitting.

Solar Punch, a Dobbs Ferry band dialog with their audience. Fielding questions about solar energy and music, Adam Bigelow, guitarist and physicist, and James Dean Conklin, guitarist and videographer, explain how their solar-powered station works.

Jason Kendall, Solar System Ambassador since 2009
On Sunday mornings Jason Kendall can be found at Manhattan’s Rose Center for Earth and Space Exploration explaining the scale of the universe or our solar system’s start up. Out of town, he leads “star-watching parties" at the state universities of New Mexico and Minnesota State, and the University of Texas.  Jason’s space adventures started in the fourth grade, when he saw Saturn through the telescope of astronomer Charles Schweighauser at Sangamon State University in Springfield, Illinois. Bart Bok, who pioneered the study of the Milky Way, invited Jason to visit him at Kitt Peak National Observatory. Jason took a master’s in astronomy and taught space science in high schools and colleges. Now at the American Museum of Natural History, Jason inspires young astronomers, just as Bart and Charlie inspired him.

Hudson River Museum, 511 Warburton Avenue, Yonkers, NY. Wed – Sun, 12-5 pm. Museum: $5 adults, $3 seniors & youth 5-16. Children under 4, free. Members Free.  Exit 9 (Executive Blvd). Saw Mill River Pkwy (north or south). Info & Dir: 914.963.4550;

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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