The Springfield Science Museum’s large rooftop telescope will be open for public sky gazing on Friday, February 7 at 7:30 p.m. as part of the “Stars Over Springfield” observatory series. These programs are organized by the Museum and the Springfield Stars Club, and take place on the first Friday of each month from September through May. Each event features an introductory talk on topics such as space exploration, seasonal sights of the night sky, current astronomical research, or upcoming events like eclipses or comet appearances.
February’s topic will be "A Beginner's Guide to the Telescope," presented by Alan Rifkin, president of the Springfield Stars Club. The main celestial target during the observing portion of the evening will be Jupiter.
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. These programs are held rain or shine. If it is cloudy, a planetarium show will be presented in place of telescope viewing.
Secure free onsite parking is available. For information about astronomy programs at the museum, call 413.263.6800, ext. 318.