Florida Museum - 3215 Hull Road, SW 34th Street and Hull Road Gainesville, FL 32611 GET DIRECTIONS
Bring the whole family for a free, fun-filled night of astronomical proportions! Gaze through high-performance telescopes at the stars and explore the world beyond at a portable planetarium show and 3-D presentations.
For more information, call 352-273-2062.
Doors open and stargazing begins at 6 p.m. Let’s reach for the stars!
Don’t forget to pick up your "Passport to the Universe!" Keep track of the activities you participate in. Visitors who complete their Passport may receive tickets to the Kika Silva Pla Planetarium or other prizes.
7 p.m. Quasars and Black Holes: A Journey Toward the Gravitational Abyss a presentation by Fred Hamann (Classrooms)
The following demonstrations and activities are ongoing from 6 to 10 p.m.:
3-D AstroWall (presentations occur on the hour starting at 6 p.m.)
Experience the universe in 3-D! Glasses are provided.
Astro Activities (Discovery Room)
Learn about space with fun activities and interactive games!
Black Hole Hunters (Central Gallery)
Discover the mysteries of black holes.
Dinner Vendors (Patio Area)
Enjoy tasty treats and dinner under the stars from High Springs Orchard and Bakery.
Discover the Invisible Universe (Front Lawn)
Listen to radio waves emitted by the Milky Way using the Radio JOVE low frequency radio telescope. Learn how you can use this equipment to listen to radio waves from Jupiter and the Sun.
Gran Telescopio CANARIAS (Central Gallery)
Investigate the science and technology used to create the world’s largest telescope, the Gran Telescopio Canarias.
Kika Silva Pla Planetarium (Central Gallery)
Visit with the staff of the Kika Silva Pla Planetarium, and discover how their team is “bringing the universe to our community.”
PBS’s “Star Gazer” with James Albury (presentations at 6:30, 7:30, 8:30, 9:30 p.m.)
Watch the latest episodes of “Star Gazer” and meet its host, James Albury!
Portable Planetarium Show (presentations every 30 minutes starting at 6:30 p.m.)
Enjoy the wonders of the constellations and the solar system with this fun and exciting show!
Prizes and Giveaways (Front Entrance)
Bring back your completed "Passport to the Universe" to receive a prize. A pair of free tickets to the Kika Silva Pla Planetarium will be given for the first 25 completed Passports!
Small Satellite Design Club (Front Entrance)
Visit the Small Satellite Design Club to learn about space systems and satellite design. Then learn how they use radio waves to “ping” satellites! Be sure to take a spin on the gyro-chair to get a hands-on learning experience on the principle of conservation of angular momentum!
Space Biology - UF Science on the International Space Station (Central Gallery)
See how UF scientists conduct experiments on the International Space Station and in other space vehicles. See hardware that has flown in space and biological experiments designed for space experiments. Talk with scientists and students who work at Kennedy Space Center and other NASA facilities to find out what it is like to be a space biologist.
Space Rocks and Space Shuttle Tile (Central Gallery)
Meet staff from the Santa Fe College Astronomy Program and see the Campo del Cielo, a 70-pound meteorite, as well as a Space Shuttle tile. Discover the oddities of rocks from space and find out how they differ from Earth rocks!
Stargazing (Outside, Front Lawn)
View celestial bodies through professional quality telescopes with the help of professional and hobbyist astronomers from the University of Florida and the Alachua Astronomy Club.
Tim Malles Space Art (Front Entrance)
See an exhibition of space-inspired art by area artist Tim Malles, who contributed brass plaques to the Gainesville Solar Walk project on Northwest Eighth Avenue.
Tools We Use (Central Gallery)
Learn about the fascinating and unusual tools astronomers use to study the universe.
This event is made possible by the UF Astronomy Department, the Alachua Astronomy Club, the Santa Fe Astronomy Program and the Kika Silva Pla Planetarium. Food vendors will be onsite.