AstroFest Launches at the Newark Museum!

May 21, 2010 at 4:04 pm Leave a comment

AstroFest will be held on Saturday, May 22 from 10 am to 4:30 pm to celebrate the reopening of the Newark Museum's Alice and Leonard Dreyfuss Planetarium.

Would be astronomers, junior astronauts and future space scientists will gather at the Newark Museum on Saturday, May 22, from 10am – 4:30pm, to participate in AstroFest, a day-long celebration marking the re-opening of the newly transformed Alice and Leonard Dreyfuss Planetarium.  Museum doors open at 10am. 

The planetarium, one of the museum’s most popular science education destinations for family and school visitors, has undergone a major technology upgrade over the past several months funded by generous support from the National Aeronautics & Space Administration (NASA).  The transformed planetarium features comfortable new seating, high-definition “Full Dome” digital video projection and state-of-the-art surround sound, enabling the very latest technology library and educational programming like the three new shows featured during AstroFest:  Zula Patrol at 11 am, 1 & 3 pm and Origins of Life at 12, 2 & 4 pm. 

AstroFest family activities include climbing on a colossal, inflatable model of the space shuttle, creating a miniature working model rocket, building a sundial and learning how to tell time with the sun, and exploring the phases of the moon and the night sky.  Visitors will also travel back in time to meet the father of modern astronomy, Galileo Galilei, in a theatrical presentation of the accomplishments of this 17th century Italian scientist. 

“The re-opening of the Dreyfuss Planetarium is an exciting conclusion for our Centennial Celebration year,” said Newark Museum Director Mary Sue Sweeney Price. “Thanks to the financial support of NASA and the guidance of Museum Astronomer Kevin Conod and his team, the planetarium’s projection technology upgrade will enhance the experience of our visitors for years to come and will provide educational programs for the many schools that participate in the science activities offered at the Museum.”

The three new planetarium shows will actually be available for public viewing from April 24 through June 30.  Each show is 30 minutes in length. Admission price for the Planetarium is $5 for adults; and $3.00 for children under 12, seniors and college students.  

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