Starry Night

Florida Museum - 3215 Hull Road, SW 34th Street and Hull Road Gainesville, FL 32611       GET DIRECTIONS

Looking through telescope at Starry Night

Observe the night sky and explore the world beyond! Gaze at the stars through high-performance telescopes, see a portable planetarium show and view a moonscape in 3-D. Join the Museum for this free, fun-filled night of astronomical proportions!

Food vendor available. For more information, call 352-273-2062.

Doors open and stargazing begins at 6 p.m. Let’s reach for the stars! 

This event is made possible in part by the UF Astronomy Department, Alachua Astronomy Club, Santa Fe Astronomy Program and Kika Silva Pla Planetarium.

Don’t forget to pick up your Passport to the Universe!
Keep track of the activities you participate in and receive a prize!


2015 Example Schedule
(2016 Schedule Coming Soon!)

7 p.m. The Eating Habits of Large Galaxies a presentation by UF Department of Astronomy professor and Associate Dean, Ata Sarajedini, Ph.D., for this year’s Space talk. (Classrooms)

The following demonstrations and activities are ongoing from 6 to 10 p.m. unless noted:

Starry Night table display3-D AstroWall
Experience the universe in 3-D! Glasses are provided.

Ask an Astronomer (Denny Gallery)
Want to know more about stars and the universe?
Ask a professional astronomer!

Astro Activities (Discovery Room)
Learn about space with fun activities and interactive games!

Craters! (Patio Area)
Create craters and learn how the moon is impacted by material from space.

Cosmic Time Tunnel (Galleria)
Experience a journey through cosmic time and space as you travel from Earth to the outer parts of the universe.

Dinner Vendor (Front Patio)
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 (Denny Gallery)
Investigate the science and technology used to create the world’s largest telescope, the Gran Telescopio Canarias.

Kika Silva Pla Planetarium (Denny Gallery)
Visit with the staff of the Kika Silva Pla Planetarium, and discover how their team is “bringing the universe to our community.”

Stargazers PBS show starsPBS’s “Star Gazer” with James Albury (presentations at 6:30, 7:30, 8:30, 9:30 p.m. in Classrooms)
Watch the latest episodes of “Star Gazer” and meet its host, James Albury!

Portable Planetarium Show (presentations every 30 minutes starting at 6 p.m.)
Enjoy the wonders of the constellations and the solar system with this fun and exciting show! Make sure to get your ticket early!

Prizes and Giveaways (Children's Gallery)
Bring back your completed Passport to the Universe to receive a prize.

Small Satellite Design Club (Front Entrance)
Visit the Small Satellite Design Club to learn about space systems and satellite design.

Santa Fe College Astronomy Program (Denny Gallery)
Discover the Santa Fe College Astronomy Program and see objects like a portion of the Campo del Cielo, a 70-pound meteorite, as well as Space Shuttle tiles. Discover the oddities of rocks from space and find out how they differ from ones on Earth!

Starry Night stargazingStargazing (Outside, Front Lawn)
View celestial bodies through professional-quality telescopes with the help of astronomers from 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 (Denny Gallery)
Learn about the fascinating and unusual tools astronomers use to study the universe.

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