Tour the cosmos during Starry Night event Nov. 14

October 30th, 2014
Stargazing

Visitors stargaze using professional-quality telescopes during the 2011 Starry Night event.
Florida Museum of Natural History photo by Kristen Grace

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — It’s written in the stars that Florida Museum of Natural History visitors will have an opportunity to observe the universe with astronomy experts during the eighth annual Starry Night from 6 to 10 p.m. Nov. 14.

Visitors can stargaze during a planetarium show and with professional-quality telescopes provided by area astronomists at this free, family-friendly event. A 3-D “AstroWall” will also allow visitors to view the cosmos in another dimension.

Representatives from the Alachua Astronomy Club, Santa Fe College natural sciences department’s astronomy program, the Kika Silva Pla Planetarium and UF astronomy department will help visitors uncover the mysteries of the night sky.

“I think people love space because it is something we are completely surrounded by but also something most of us have never experienced first-hand,” said Florida Museum educator Amanda Harvey. “We’re really lucky to have an opportunity like Starry Night where people that specialize in the field come together to share what they’ve learned and are learning to help us understand space and to make it more familiar.”

The event features UF astronomy department professor Fred Hamann who will discuss “Quasars and Black Holes: A Journey Toward the Gravitational Abyss.”

Attendees will earn a prize by tracking their activities with a “Passport to the Universe.” They also have an opportunity to dine under the stars by visiting the event’s food vendor, High Springs Orchard and (more…)

Observe night sky during free ‘Starry Night’ program Nov. 15

October 16th, 2013

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Florida Museum of Natural History visitors will have an opportunity to tour the universe with astronomy experts during the seventh annual Starry Night event, from 6 to 10 p.m. Nov. 15.

Starry Night

Astronomers lead visitors in stargazing during a past event.
Florida Museum of Natural History photo by Jeff Gage

Free, space-themed activities include a portable planetarium show and the opportunity to view the universe in 3D as well as rocks from space including a 70-pound meteorite.

Outside, visitors may gaze at the moon, planets and stars through professional quality telescopes and learn about the night sky with members of the Alachua Astronomy Club and UF astronomy department. (more…)

‘Science Café’ Nov. 27 features discussion on Maya calendar, astronomy

November 13th, 2012

Florida Museum Curator of Latin American Art and Architecture Susan Milbrath, pictured with a copy of the Codex Borgia in front of a replica of the Aztec calendar stone in the Dickinson Hall courtyard, will discuss “The Maya Calendar: Cosmology and the End of the World” at the museum’s next Science Café Nov. 27 at the Warehouse Restaurant and Lounge.
© Florida Museum photo by Kristen Grace

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Find out more about Maya astronomy and what the Maya actually wrote about Dec. 21 at the next “Science Café” on Nov. 27.

The final “Science Café” in the fall 2012 series will be held from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 27 at the Warehouse Restaurant and Lounge, located at 502 S. Main St. Guest speaker Susan Milbrath, Florida Museum curator of Latin America art and archaeology, will discuss “The Maya Calendar: Cosmology and the End of the World.” (more…)

Explore the universe with the Florida Museum during Starry Night Nov. 30

November 13th, 2012
Starry Night

More than 1000 visitors attended the Museum’s Starry Night event in 2011.

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Nov. 13, 2012

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Observe the night sky and explore the universe with the Florida Museum of Natural History and astronomy experts during the sixth annual Starry Night event, from 6 to 10 p.m. Nov. 30 at the museum. (more…)

Explore the universe during Starry Night Nov. 3 at the Florida Museum

October 24th, 2011

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Join the Florida Museum of Natural History and area astronomy experts for an evening of celestial exploration and cosmic adventure during the fifth annual Starry Night event, from 6 to 10 p.m. Nov. 3 at the museum.

Starry Night is produced by the Florida Museum, Alachua Astronomy Club Inc., Santa Fe College natural sciences department astronomy section and Kika Silva Pla Planetarium and the University of Florida department of astronomy.

Outside, visitors may gaze at the stars and learn about the night sky through engaging discussion with members of the Alachua Astronomy Club and UF astronomy department employees and students. (more…)

Explore the sky during Starry Night Nov. 12 at the Florida Museum

October 28th, 2010

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Experience the universe like never before at the fourth annual Starry Night from 4 to 10 p.m. Nov. 12 at the Florida Museum of Natural History.

Join astronomy experts from the Alachua Astronomy Club, the Kika Silva Pla Planetarium, Santa Fe College and the University of Florida for interactive discussions, question-and-answer sessions and hands-on activities throughout the night. (more…)

Fla. Museum Starry Night event celebrates the universe Sept. 25

September 10th, 2009

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Join the Florida Museum of Natural History and area astronomy groups for an evening of scientific discovery during the annual Starry Night event from 5 to 10 p.m. Sept. 25.

Produced by the Florida Museum, University of Florida Astronomy Department, Santa Fe College Astronomy, Florida Space Grant Consortium and Alachua Astronomy Club, Starry Night is a free event full of activities for the entire family. This night of inter-planetary adventure gives visitors a chance to speak with expert astronomers, learn about the tools they use and see rocks from space. Attendees can build their own telescope, talk to an astronomer, meet an astronaut, win door prizes and other free gifts and more! (more…)

Become a stargazer at Florida Museum’s "Starry Night" April 17

April 9th, 2008

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — See what surprises the night sky has to offer and witness the heavens through telescopes at “Starry Night,” part of Museum Nights at the Florida Museum of Natural History from 5-9 p.m. April 17.

This free public program will provide visitors the opportunity to tour the constellations in a portable planetarium and enjoy presentations and family friendly activities with the University of Florida Astronomy Department and the Alachua Astronomy Club Inc. Activities include a puppet show, astro-art project and a “Space Walk” using Geo Wall 3-D projection technology that will allow participants to experience space like never before. (more…)

Enjoy family fun during Fla. Museum ‘Starry Nights’ event April 12

April 9th, 2007

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Witness the heavens through the lens of a telescope and discover the constellations at the Florida Museum of Natural History from 5-10 p.m. April 12 during “Starry Nights: The Birth of Stars and Planets.”

Activities sponsored by the University of Florida Astronomy Department and Alachua Astronomy Club include telescopes for visitors to view planets and stars, planetarium shows, child-friendly activity centers, a scavenger hunt and the puppet show “Red Star, Blue Star, How I Wonder What You Are.”

At 6 p.m., Stephen Kane of the UF Astronomy Department will present a family-oriented lecture, “Wanders in the Celestial Space & Beyond.” At 7 p.m. Charles Lada of Harvard University and the Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics will present the featured guest lecture, “The Search for Stellar Origins from Antiquity to the 21st Century.” (more…)

Fla. Museum to display model of world’s largest telescope Two public events coincide with UF Astronomy Department exhibit

November 3rd, 2006

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The Florida Museum of Natural History will display a replica of the Gran Telescopio Canarias, the world’s largest telescope, Nov. 7-12 in its central gallery. The exhibit is free and on loan from the University of Florida Astronomy Department.

The actual telescope belongs in part to the University of Florida, which will form an international partnership with Spain and Mexico to construct it in the Canary Islands off the northwest coast of Africa. Expected completion is in 2008. The telescope will allow astronomers to view the farthest limits of the observable universe and study the formation and evolution of galaxies.

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