The Springfield Science Museum’s large rooftop telescope will be open for public sky gazing on Friday, November 1 at 7:30 pm as part of the Stars Over Springfield observatory series. The program takes place on the first Friday of each month from September through May, and 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.
This month, Curator of Physical Science Richard Sanderson will present a talk titled "Comet ISON: Comet of the Century?" In his comments, Sanderson will discuss the recently discovered comet and the variables that will affect its much-anticipated appearance in late November.
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.