First Fridays

History of the Milky Way

Date: Friday, March 1
Time: 6-7 p.m.
Location: Longway Planetarium
Genesee County Residents: $3 adults, $2 seniors 60+, $2 youth ages 2-11
Non-Residents: $6 adults, $4 seniors 60+, $4 youth ages 2-11
Members: Free admission
Includes 7 p.m. showing of Wonders of the Arctic

We live inside the Milky Way galaxy, named for its resemblance to a stream of spilled milk in the sky. Our understanding of the Milky Way has changed significantly throughout history. During this talk, we'll take a look at both the cultural influences and the scientific advances that have shaped our understanding of our own galaxy in space. We have pictures of many galaxies out in the universe, but no complete picture of our own galaxy. We'll talk about why that is the case, and how we can get around that to learn about our larger home in the universe.

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Binocular Astronomy

Date: Friday, February 1
Time: 6-7 p.m.
Location: Longway Planetarium
Genesee County Residents: $3 adults, $2 seniors 60+, $2 youth ages 2-11
Non-Residents: $6 adults, $4 seniors 60+, $4 youth ages 2-11
Members: Free admission
Includes 7 p.m. showing of Violent Universe

Guest Speaker: Mike Close
Join us for a talk exploring the use of binoculars to observe the stars, planets and other objects in the night sky. This talk will discuss why binoculars are a great tool for beginning and experienced observers, how to choose and use binoculars for astronomy, a tour of objects in the winter sky that can be observed with binoculars, and more! Mike Close is a member of the Seven Ponds Astronomy Club and a planetarium presenter at Longway Planetarium.

The Life and Times of Tycho Brahe and Johannes Kepler

Date: Friday, January 4
Time: 6-7 p.m.
Location: Longway Planetarium
Genesee County Residents: $3 adults, $2 seniors 60+, $2 youth ages 2-11
Non-Residents: $6 adults, $4 seniors 60+, $4 youth ages 2-11
Members: Free admission
Includes 7 p.m. showing of Violent Universe

During this talk we will look at the work done by two of the giants of astronomy in our history books: Tycho Brahe and Johannes Kepler. We will look at their accomplishments in their fields as well as many other aspects of their lives. By looking at who these historic figures were as multidimensional people we can gain a better appreciation for their contributions to our knowledge. Kepler may be the more commonly known figure today but it was Brahe who had the authority during his time. The interplay between his belief structure and that of his pupil Kepler is a fascinating story to be told.

FIRST Robotics

Date: Friday, December 7, 2018
Time: 6-7 p.m.
Location: Longway Planetarium
Genesee County Residents: $3 adults, $2 seniors 60+, $2youth ages 2-11
Non-Residents: $6 adults, $4 seniors 60+, $4 youth ages 2-11
Members: Free admission
Includes 7 p.m. showing of Cosmic Christmas

Join us for robot demonstrations and a talk by John Wohlfert of FIRST Robotics. FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) is a national non-profit organization that engages kids in kindergarten through high school in exciting, mentor-based, research and robotics programs that help them become science and technology leaders, as well as well-rounded contributors to society.

First Fridays: Astronomy, A Year In Review

Date: Friday, November 2, 2018
Time: 6-7 p.m.
Location: Longway Planetarium
Genesee County Residents: $3 adults, $2 seniors 60+, $2youth ages 2-11
Non-Residents: $6 adults, $4 seniors 60+, $4 youth ages 2-11
Members: Free admission
Includes 7 p.m. showing of The Queen Light Show: From Mercury with Love

Join our planetarium manager Buddy Stark for another year in review. This talk explores what we have learned about our universe since the beginning of 2018 and how our view of our solar system has changed. This year includes interstellar asteroids passing through our solar system, a new moon count for Jupiter, a planet with two south magnetic poles, rovers on asteroids, organic compounds on Mars, heavy molecules on Enceladus, news from LIGO, and more!

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