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Family Star Party: Venus Earth’s Sister

Family Star Party: Venus Earth’s Sister

Inspire the next generation of astronomy enthusiasts with a fun, learning environment for the whole family.

Event Series:

Family Star Party

April 29 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm


Outside activities free (weather permitting) Half-off admission for indoor activities. No other coupons or discounts apply. Adults -$5.00 Children (5-17) - $3.00 Children (4 and younger) free


Space Foundation Discovery Center
Family Star Party

Event Details:

An evening of looking to the stars and discovering the wonders of the universe. This event creates a fun learning environment for the whole family and inspires the next generation of astronomy enthusiasts!

Billions of years ago, Venus was much like our own planet and possibly even habitable, until a runaway greenhouse effect took over and changed the planet forever. Join us for our Family Star Party as we view Venus in the night sky and discuss the recent research that says volcanoes might be active on our sister planet. All outdoor activities are free to the public.

Activities include:
• Hands on activities and demonstrations
• Night sky viewing of Venus
• Science On a Sphere® presentations
• Special interview with Justin Filiberto, lead scientist on the new paper that discovered there may be active volcanoes on Venus!

What to look for in the April night sky:
• April 8 – Full Moon/Supermoon: The Moon will be located on the opposite side of the Earth as the Sun and its face will be fully illuminated.
• April 22, 23 – Lyrids Meteor Shower: The Lyrids is an average shower, usually producing about 20 meteors per hour at its peak. It is produced by dust
particles left behind by comet C/1861 G1 Thatcher, which was discovered in 1861. The shower runs annually from April 16-25. It peaks this year on the
night of the night of the 22nd and morning of the 23rd. These meteors can sometimes produce bright dust trails that last for several seconds. The nearly
new moon will ensure dark skies for what should be a good show this year. Best viewing will be from a dark location after midnight. Meteors will radiate
from the constellation Lyra but can appear anywhere in the sky.
• April 23 – New Moon: The Moon will be located on the same side of the Earth as the Sun and will not be visible in the night sky. This is the best time of
the month to observe faint objects such as galaxies and star clusters because there is no moonlight to interfere.

No fee for outdoor telescope viewing. Discovery Center indoor activities fee: half price admission.

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