The Springfield Science Museum’s large rooftop telescope will be open for public sky-gazing on Friday, March 1 at 7:30 pm. The program will be held rain or shine. If it is cloudy, a planetarium show will be presented in place of telescope viewing.
Stars Over Springfield observatory programs are offered on the first Friday of each month from September through May. The program features an introductory program on topics such as space exploration, seasonal sights of the night sky, current astronomical research, or an explanation of events such as an eclipse or the appearance of a comet. For the March 1 event, Alan Rifkin, president of the Springfield Stars Club, will discuss the motions of the earth and explain how the seasons happen.
The Stars Over Springfield programs are best suited for families with children ages 8 and older, however younger children are also welcome. Admission is $3 for adults and $2 for children 17 and under.
The Springfield Science Museum is located on the Quadrangle at 21 Edwards Street in downtown Springfield. Secure free onsite parking is available. For information about astronomy programs at the museum, call 413.63.6800, ext. 318.