Longway Planetarium and Sloan Museum are operating at full capacity. As of August 9, 2021, all visitors ages 2+ are required to wear masks while indoors at Sloan Museum and Longway Planetarium. Masks can be removed for short periods while eating snacks/lunches at the tables in Sloan Museum at Courtland Center Mall. Thank you for helping us create the safest possible environment for our community.

First Fridays

First Fridays return to the planetarium in August for in-person events! Join us every first Friday of the month for talks on astronomy and local science topics.

First Friday: September

In-Person

From Fiction to Invention - A Look at Science Fiction's Role in Science and Technology

Date: Friday, September 3, 2021
Time: 6:00-7:00 p.m.
In-Person Location: Longway Planetarium, 1310 E. Kearsley St. Flint, MI 48503
At what point can fiction transition to fact? For over a century innovations in science and technology have been mirrored by the flights of fancy of science fiction writers. How do these two fields; one bound by set laws and theories, the other a dreamscape of imagination, come together to produce the technology and theories of today and tomorrow? Join us as we take a look at the intertwined history of science fact and fiction and theorize where they can lead us in the future.

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In-Person Event Tickets

Tickets: $7 adults, $5 seniors 60+, and $5 youth ages 2-11
Children 1 and younger: Free

Genesee County Residents
All Longway Planetarium shows are 50% off for Genesee County residents:
$3.50 adults, $2.50 seniors 60+, and $2.50 youth ages 2-11
When you arrive, please present your driver’s license or ID with your address on it to confirm your residency. Longway Planetarium shows are funded in part by the Genesee County Arts Education and Cultural Enrichment Millage. Your tax dollars are at work.

Members
All Longway Planetarium shows are free for members
Please login to reserve your member tickets. Member discounts are automatically applied at checkout. When you arrive, please present your membership card and driver's license or ID to confirm your membership level.

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First Friday: October

In-Person

Our Forgotten Neighbor - The Moon

Date: Friday, October 1, 2021
Time: 6:00-7:00 p.m.
In-Person Location: Longway Planetarium, 1310 E. Kearsley St. Flint, MI 48503
From the late 1950’s through 1972 one of the most exciting items in the news was the exploration of the moon. Since then, news of lunar exploration is considered about as exciting as a trip to the grocery store. Yet it is still one of the most difficult engineering feats ever and humanity has explored less than one millionth of the lunar surface. But the Moon is unique because it is the only celestial body that we can all observe and explore with minimal equipment and cost. Join us as we learn more about our forgotten next-door neighbor. We will look at the history of lunar observation and exploration, get an overview of lunar features and how you can observe and study the moon with only a simple pair of binoculars.

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Past Topics

First Friday: The Great Dimming of Betelgeuse

Hybrid In-Person & Virtual Event

Presented by Dr. Stella Kafka, American Association of Variable Star Observers

Date: Friday, August 6, 2021
Time: 6:00-7:00 p.m.
In-Person Location: Longway Planetarium, 1310 E. Kearsley St. Flint, MI 48503
Virtual Location: Free livestreams will continue on Facebook Live. Please note: You do not need a Facebook account to watch a Facebook Live video. Simply CLICK HERE to watch. Beginning this month, First Friday events will be livestreamed from the planetarium theater.

In October 2019, astronomers noticed that Betelgeuse entered one of its dimming episodes. Nothing unusual until Betelgeuse kept dimming past its known recorded minimum brightness. From the 7th brightest star in the sky, Betelgeuse eventually became the 21st, puzzling astronomers worldwide. This notable change in the star’s behavior gave rise to many theories for its dimming, including speculation on whether Betelgeuse has reached its fateful end as a supernova. Thanks to the AAVSO observers who continued to provide critical data on this bright star, we now have a good idea of the star's physical properties and an interpretation for its dimming. This presentation will focus on the 2019-2020 Betelgeuse event, presenting key theories and research outcomes explaining it.

Dr. Stella Kafka, is the Executive Director and CEO of the AAVSO (American Association of Variable Star Observers), an international organization focusing on engaging professional and amateur astronomers in science. Within the auspices of the AAVSO, Dr Kafka is working towards enabling individuals from all backgrounds to actively participate in research projects, building a community of science-savvy citizens who work collectively to understand some of the most dynamic phenomena in the universe.

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First Friday: The State of Exoplanets

FREE LIVESTREAM ON FACEBOOK LIVE

Presented by Buddy Stark, Longway Planetarium Manager

Date: Friday, July 10, 2021
Time: 6:00-7:00 p.m.
Location: Facebook Live **Please note: You do not need a Facebook account to watch a Facebook Live video. Simply click the link to watch.

For a while exoplanets were all over the news as exciting new discoveries, but it's been a while since we've heard about them. Have the new discoveries stopped? Far from it! In fact, they rarely make the news today because exoplanet discovery has become so commonplace. Join us as we look at a few of the newer finds that you may not have heard about, including a planet orbiting two stars and some rocky exoplanets with obvious atmospheres.

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First Friday: Annular Eclipse

FREE LIVESTREAM ON FACEBOOK LIVE

Presented by Buddy Stark, Longway Planetarium Manager

Date: Friday, May 7, 2021
Time: 6:00-7:00 p.m.
Location: Facebook Live **Please note: You do not need a Facebook account to watch a Facebook Live video. Simply click the link to watch.

Buddy discusses the upcoming annular eclipse, and the reasons why the moon is sometimes large enough to block out the sun, and other times too small.

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First Friday: Tidal Tidings

FREE LIVESTREAM ON FACEBOOK LIVE

Presented by Kenneth Wilson

Date: Friday, May 7, 2021
Time: 6:00-7:00 p.m.
Location: Facebook Live **Please note: You do not need a Facebook account to watch a Facebook Live video. Simply click the link to watch.

Just what are the tides anyway? What causes them? Is Earth the only place tides happen? What about extreme tides? Can tides really destroy whole worlds? For the answers to these and many other questions, join us for Tidal Tidings!

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Mars Exploration

FREE LIVESTREAM ON FACEBOOK LIVE

Presented by Dave Cuomo

Join us for an exciting look at the exploration of Mars. We'll look at the latest NASA images from Jezero Crater as we discuss the history of Mars exploration, from Perceval Lowell's Clark Telescope in Flagstaff, Arizona to the current NASA mission Perseverance.

Date: Friday, April 2, 2021
Time: 6:00-7:00 p.m.
Location: Facebook Live **Please note: You do not need a Facebook account to watch a Facebook Live video. Simply click the link to watch.

Dave Cuomo started working as an informal science educator in 2003 at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science. Since that time, he has dissected hundreds of sheep hearts, conducted vacuum chamber experiments on numerous marshmallow astronauts, and inspired curiosity in thousands of people of all ages. He has been a Solar System Ambasador since 2016 and works as an Education Specialist for Digitalis Education Solutions. Previously he was the Supervisor of the Willard Smith Planetarium at the Pacific Science Center in Seattle, Washington, and Coordinator of the Space Odyssey exhibit hall at DMNS, in Denver Colorado.

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Finding Earth 2.0

FREE LIVESTREAM ON FACEBOOK LIVE

Presented by Ana Parra of the American Association of Variable Star Observers (AAVSO)

Is there an Earth 2.0? If so, where would we find it and would it be able to support life? Together we will explore the history and diversity of exoplanets, planets that exist outside our solar system, and we will investigate which exoplanet could be our Earth 2.0. Exoplanet research has contributed to the unveiling of the Universe, but how has it benefited those on Earth? Together we will unveil the commercial products we have gained from NASA technologies used in astronomy research.

Date: Friday, March 5, 2021
Time: 6:00-7:00 p.m.
Location: Facebook Live **Please note: You do not need a Facebook account to watch a Facebook Live video. Simply click the link to watch.

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WATCH: Our Milky Way

FREE LIVESTREAM ON FACEBOOK LIVE

Presented by Buddy Stark

The galaxy we live in is easily visible in our sky. Virtually every culture on the planet has narratives about this strange band of light across the night sky. This talk will look at stories from a few of these cultures about how the Milky Way was perceived. From spilt milk to corn meal to termites, the Milky Way has been a lot of things to a lot of people. We’ll also take a look at how telescopes have changed our modern understanding of the Milky Way over the last few hundred years. It has progressed from being the entire known universe, to just one among virtually countless galaxies in existence.

Date: Friday, February 5, 2021
Time: 6:00-7:00 p.m.
Location: Facebook Live **Please note: You do not need a Facebook account to watch a Facebook Live video. Simply click the link to watch.

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WATCH: Photographing Science

FREE LIVESTREAM ON FACEBOOK LIVE

Presented by Mike Close

The galaxy we live in is easily visible in our sky. Virtually every culture on the planet has narratives about this strange band of light across the night sky. This talk will look at stories from a few of these cultures about how the Milky Way was perceived. From spilt milk to corn meal to termites, the Milky Way has been a lot of things to a lot of people. We’ll also take a look at how telescopes have changed our modern understanding of the Milky Way over the last few hundred years. It has progressed from being the entire known universe, to just one among virtually countless galaxies in existence.

Date: Friday, December 6, 2020
Time: 6:00-7:00 p.m.
Location: Facebook Live **Please note: You do not need a Facebook account to watch a Facebook Live video. Simply click the link to watch.

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WATCH: How did the stars help people sail?

FREE LIVESTREAM ON FACEBOOK LIVE

Presented by Buddy Stark

We've all heard it said that historically sailors navigated by the stars. This talk will look at the specifics of how they actually went about doing this. How were sailors able to look up into the night sky and determine their position on the Earth just but the positions of the stars. After all the stars constantly seem to move so it seems like it would be a difficult task. In truth it can be a difficult skill to learn but once you understand some of the ideas at play, and are willing to memorize a few key stars, anyone can use the sky to navigate their way on the globe.

Date: Friday, November 6, 2020
Time: 6:00-6:45 p.m.
Location: In person as well as Facebook Live **Please note: You do not need a Facebook account to watch a Facebook Live video. Simply click the link to watch.

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WATCH: The Discovery of Neptune

IN-PERSON AND VIRTUAL EVENT

Both Neptune and Uranus are often glossed over as we marvel at the rings of Saturn or observe the four moons of Jupiter. Only one spacecraft has ever flown past these icy giants of the outer solar system, so we know comparatively little of these worlds. Still, as with many topics in astronomy, there is interesting history to how we discovered Neptune and an enduring argument as to who to credit with the discovery. The position of Neptune was actually predicted by mathematicians before it was ever viewed in a telescope. This talk will look at the people who contributed to the discovery of Neptune, what we have learned about it since then, and what still remains to be known.

Date: Friday, September 4
Time: 6:00-6:45 p.m.
In-Person and Virtual Event: This month, tickets are available for sale for the live in-person event. Longway Planetarium's seating capacity continues to be limited to 30 people to ensure social distancing. We will also continue to present a free livestream on Facebook Live so that the event continues to be available to a larger audience.

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WATCH: Journey From The Edge of Darkness

FREE livestream on Facebook Live

Guest Speaker Dr. Rajib Ganguly from the University of Michigan-Flint discusses how three black holes changed how we see the universe.

Date: Friday, August 7, 2020
Time: 6:00-7:00 p.m.
Location: Facebook Live **Please note: You do not need a Facebook account to watch a Facebook Live video. Simply click the link to watch.

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WATCH: Planet Nine

FREE livestream on Facebook Live

A few years ago there was talk of the existence of Planet Nine (no, not Pluto) and about the race to find it. A few years later, we're still empty-handed. This talk will look at why that's not necessarily surprising but also at some new evidence that has some scientists second-guessing the existence of Planet Nine altogether and how this endeavor is a good reflection on the scientific process.

Date: Friday, July 3, 2020
Time: 6:00-7:00 p.m.
Location: Facebook Live **Please note: You do not need a Facebook account to watch a Facebook Live video. Simply click the link to watch at 6:00 p.m.

Image credit: nagualdesign; Tom Ruen, background taken from File:ESO - Milky Way.jpg / CC BY-SA

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WATCH: These Are The Voyages

FREE livestream on Facebook Live

Join us on Facebook Live for First Friday! In the fall of 1977, two remotely piloted spacecraft left Earth on what was originally intended to be a five-year voyage to explore Jupiter and Saturn. Forty-three years and three mission extensions later, the Voyager spacecraft have exceeded all expectations and are still going, now beyond the heliosphere at the outer edges of the solar system. This talk will look at the history of the uncrewed space program, the Voyager spacecraft, and the many discoveries Voyager has made in its 43-year mission—and look ahead to where it is going.

Date: Friday, June 5, 2020
Time: 6:00-7:00 p.m.
Location: Facebook Live **Please note: You do not need a Facebook account to watch a Facebook Live video. Simply click the link to watch at 6:00 p.m.

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WATCH: Astronomy 101

FREE livestream on Facebook Live

Join us on Facebook Live for First Friday! This talk will feature the basics that you need to know to get out and enjoy finding constellations and celestial objects in the night sky. We will be looking at how one begins to make sense of the stars when it all looks like a big jumbled mess overhead. We will briefly discuss the basics of what to look for in a telescope and we will finish by looking into how our ideas of the size of the universe have changed over time with many historical discoveries and how we estimate vast distances today.

Date: Friday, May 1, 2020
Time: 6:00-7:00 p.m.
Location: Facebook Live **Please note: You do not need a Facebook account to watch a Facebook Live video. Simply click the link to watch.

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WATCH: Treasures of Orion

FREE livestream

Join us on Facebook Live for First Friday! Mike Close will present Treasures of Orion. Orion is the nearest stellar nursery to Earth and gives us a fantastic view of the lifecycle of stars. Mike will give us an in-depth view of the objects in the Orion region, and examine the stellar lifecycle that plays out in the area.

The constellation Orion the Hunter is one of the brightest and most recognizable constellations in the winter skies of the Northern Hemisphere. Orion features in the myths and legends of many cultures; some predating Greco-Roman times. The region of space defined by Orion is blanketed by the Orion Molecular Cloud and is a treasure trove of astronomical objects like the Great Nebula in Orion, the Horsehead Nebula, and the mysterious red hypergiant star Betelgeuse.

Presented by Mike Close
Date: Friday, April 3, 2020
Time: 6:00-7:00 p.m.
Location: Facebook Live

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Kuhnian Philosophy of Science

Major breakthrough or meaningless metaphysics?

In 1962, Thomas Kuhn published what would become his seminal work, The Structure of Scientific Revolutions. In the subsequent decades, this provocative book would go on to inspire countless debates about the very nature of science itself. Kuhn suggests that there are two types of sciences: normal science and revolutionary science. He claims that the existence of revolutionary science calls into question whether or not science can really be considered a cumulative endeavor. This talk will outline Kuhn’s arguments for his ideas and will invite you to consider where you stand on Kuhn’s philosophies of science.

Date: Friday, March 6, 2020
Time: 6:00-7:00 p.m.
Location: Longway Planetarium
Includes 7:00 p.m. showing of Wonders of the Arctic

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First Fridays: The Mystery of Betelgeuse

As a star, Betelgeuse is no secret. The incredibly bright shoulder of Orion the Hunter is easy to spot and carries a distinctly red hue. Still, much remains a mystery about this relatively close hypergiant star. Its sheer size makes it difficult to determine its precise distance. This makes other features of this star difficult to determine as well. However, there is no doubt that Betelgeuse is nearing the end of its stellar life cycle, and several months of consistent dimming have brought the timing of its inevitable collapse into question. In this talk, we’ll consider possible causes of this dimming, and the likelihood of seeing the supernova in our lifetime.

Date: Friday, February 7, 2020
Time: 6:00-7:00 p.m.
Location: Longway Planetarium
Includes 7:00 p.m. showing of Oceans: Our Blue Planet.

Image credit: ESO/L. Calçada, artist’s impression of the supergiant star Betelgeuse

First Fridays: Coyote the Trickster

Presented by Seven Ponds Nature Center

Coyotes are fascinating creatures and have rightfully earned their name, the Trickster, with their adaptability and flexibility to solve problems. Winter nights are some of the best nights to hear the wild dogs “sing,” and a great time to learn about these amazing dogs. Join Seven Ponds Nature Center’s naturalist as she explores the coyote world, along with the other wild dogs found in Michigan.

Date: Friday, January 3, 2020
Time: 6:00-7:00 p.m.
Location: Longway Planetarium
Includes 7:00 p.m. showing of Cosmic Christmas.

First Friday: Astronomy Update 2019

Join planetarium manager Buddy Stark as he walks through just a few of the things we’ve learned about our universe over the course of 2019. We’ll look at Saturn’s 20 newly found moons, helium hydride (and why you should care), an impossible white dwarf star (that exists), a huge puffy Jupiter exoplanet, and more. We’ll also look at some of the human achievements in space and space technology during 2019 including the first female spacewalk, a new spacesuit that’s designed on a per astronaut basis, light sail 2, and the continuing protests in Hawaii about an upcoming telescope. Join us as we look at humanity’s progress over the course of just one year!

Date: Friday, December 6, 2019
Time: 6-7 p.m.
Location: Longway Planetarium
Includes 7:00 p.m. showing of Cosmic Christmas.

First Fridays: Messengers from Space

Guest Speaker: Mark Jeffery

Guest Speaker Mark Jeffery will highlight the puzzles of nature that meteorites help us investigate, and the quirks of human nature that are sometimes stirred by their arrival. A good number of meteorite specimens will be available for up-close inspection. This will further help us to appreciate both the beauty and the mystery of these ancient travelers.

Date: Friday, November 1, 2019
Time: 6-7 p.m.
Location: Longway Planetarium
Includes 7:00 p.m. showing of Oceans: Our Blue Planet.

First Fridays: Light, the Universe and Everything

Guest Speaker: Mike Close

Humanity had little hope of ever understanding the nature or composition of stars until the mid-nineteenth century, when a new device called the spectroscope allowed chemists to understand more about the nature of the elements. It all started with observing and analyzing the light emitted by stars. A few innovative astronomers decided to observe starlight through a spectroscope. Their experiments changed the nature of astronomy forever and ushered in a brand new discipline called astrophysics. This lecture will discuss how spectroscopy allows us to understand the nature and composition of celestial objects; how spectroscopy has changed the study of astronomy; and how amateur astronomers are able to collaborate with professionals to contribute to astronomical research.

Date: Friday, October 4, 2019
Time: 6-7 p.m.
Location: Longway Planetarium
Includes 7:00 p.m. showing of Ooky Spooky Light Show.

First Fridays: Water Moons

It used to be the prevailing wisdom was that Earth was the only place in the solar system to consistently harbor liquid water. In the past couple of decades, we have come to realize that may not be the case. Several moons in our solar system appear to have vast oceans of liquid water underneath icy frozen exteriors. This talk will explore several of these moons including Europa, Enceladus, Titan, and Ganymede. We will look at the methods used to find this water so far as well as upcoming NASA missions aimed at exploring these moons further in an attempt to determine which, if any, might also be hospitable to life as we know it.

Date: Friday, September 6, 2019
Time: 6:00-7:00 p.m.
Location: Longway Planetarium
Includes 7:00 p.m. showing of Oceans: Our Blue Planet.

First Fridays -- Monarchs: A Vanishing Species

Guest Speaker: Katie McKeirnan of Seven Ponds Nature Center

Monarch Butterflies are one of the most iconic species you can find in your own backyard. These beautiful orange visitors have enchanted us as children and into our adult years. Unfortunately, these awesome creatures of change are facing incredible population losses. With around 90% having vanished in recent years, we can play our part by raising young caterpillars in our own homes. This hour long lecture will focus on the life cycle of a monarch butterfly and how you can start raising and, eventually, releasing them back into the wild.

Date: Friday, August 2, 2019
Time: 6:00-7:00 p.m.
Location: Longway Planetarium
Includes 7:00 p.m. opening night showing of Oceans: Our Blue Planet.

First Fridays: The Apollo Adventures

Last month, we looked at the origin of the United States space program with the Mercury and Gemini projects. This month continues that theme as we turn our eyes to the Apollo program. July 20, 2019 marks 50 years since we first set foot on the moon, and the Apollo program is what got us there. We’ll look at the variety of motivations, hallmark moments, and setbacks in this story. Beginning at the Apollo 1 fire and ending with Gene Cernan’s final words from the surface of the lunar soil, there is much to take away from this grandest of human adventures.

Date: Friday, July 5, 2019
Time: 6:00-7:00 p.m.
Location: Longway Planetarium
Includes 7:00 p.m. showing of Journey to Space.

First Fridays: 50 Years of Discovery

Join us as we look at the history of the space race between the U.S. and the Soviet Union. In this talk we'll be comparing the achievements of both of these space programs and how the space race still benefits us today. Many of our modern technologies have their roots in this competition between nations. The talk for June will look at many different space programs, but will stop just shy of Apollo—we'll save that for next month when we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing.

Date: Friday, June 7, 2019
Time: 6:00-7:00 p.m.
Location: Longway Planetarium
Includes 7:00 p.m. showing of Journey to Space.

FREE! First Fridays: Music Under The Stars

Music Around Town series presented by Flint Institute of Music

Date: Friday, May 3, 2019
Time: Shows at 5:15 and 6:15 p.m.
Location: Longway Planetarium
Tickets: Free admission for all; pre-registration is required. Call 810-237-3400 to reserve your seats.

Don’t miss this very special First Friday event! Flint Symphony Orchestra members will perform inside the dome as the stars twinkle overhead. This event is free to the public. Due to limited seating, pre-registration is required. 7:00 p.m. showing of Journey to Space is free to those attending the 6:15 p.m. show.

Repertoire
Mars, the Bringer of war from The Planets
Jupiter’s Aria from Semele
Symphony #41 “Jupiter” – first movement
Symphony #41 “Jupiter” – finale
Jupiter, the Bringer of Jollity from The Planets
Twilight: New Moon
Canzone sotto le stella (Song Under the Stars)
La La Land: City of Stars

Featuring
Zeljko Milicevic and Alesia Byrd Johnson, violins
Janine Bradbury, viola
Irina Tikhonova, cello
Gregg Emerson Powell, bass

First Fridays: Shooting Stars, Meteorites and More

Join Longway Planetarium Executive Director Todd Slisher as he talks about meteors or “shooting stars,” what they are, how best to observe them, and how we’ve classified the meteorites that we’ve found on earth. We will discuss the various meteorite showers each year, and this coming year’s best showers to observe. Todd will also discuss many famous meteorite falls and finds, and will provide an update on NASA’s study of the Michigan/Hamburg meteorite that the Longway team recovered in January 2018.

Date: Friday, April 5, 2019
Time: 6:00-7:00 p.m.
Location: Longway Planetarium
Includes 7:00 p.m. opening night showing of Journey to Space. Be among the first to see the new show!

First Fridays: History of the Milky Way

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.

Date: Friday, March 1, 2019
Time: 6:00-7:00 p.m.
Location: Longway Planetarium
Includes 7 p.m. showing of Wonders of the Arctic

First Fridays: Binocular Astronomy

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.

Date: Friday, February 1, 2019
Time: 6:00-7:00 p.m.
Location: Longway Planetarium
Includes 7:00 p.m. showing of Violent Universe

First Fridays: The Life and Times of Tycho Brahe and Johannes Kepler

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.

Date: Friday, January 4
Time: 6:00-7:00 p.m.
Location: Longway Planetarium
Includes 7:00 p.m. showing of Violent Universe

First Fridays: FIRST Robotics

Guest Speaker: John Wohlfert of FIRST Robotics

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.

Date: Friday, December 7, 2018
Time: 6:00-7:00 p.m.
Location: Longway Planetarium
Includes 7:00 p.m. showing of Cosmic Christmas

First Fridays: Astronomy, A Year In Review

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!

Date: Friday, November 2, 2018
Time: 6:00-7:00 p.m.
Location: Longway Planetarium
Includes 7:00 p.m. showing of The Queen Light Show: From Mercury with Love

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