- Sunday, October 16, 2016 - October 22, 2016
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City of Astronomy
Pasadena Astronomy Week features a week-long series of public events, open houses, lectures and other activities celebrating Pasadena’s rich history as the “City of Astronomy” and a world leader for telescopic celestial discovery and robotic space science.
Carnegie Observatory Open House – Oct. 16 from 2 PM – 5 PM – Visit the Carnegie Observatories for their 15th Annual Open House. Meet Carnegie astronomers who will share their latest discoveries; explore the historic library and see photographic plates from its archives; learn how new scientific instruments are built in the famous machine shop and get updates on Carnegie’s Las Campanas Observatory in Chile and the latest news on the Giant Magellan Telescope. More→
Mt. Wilson Observatory Public Night – Wednesday, October 19 – This will be a ticketed, but free, event. For safety reasons, all visitors must be 12 or older, and visitors 12 to 18 must be accompanied by adult, no exceptions. All visitors will be responsible for their own transportation to the observatory. For more info, email MtWilsonAstronomyNight@gmail.com. More→
Public Talk on Pluto and the Mysterious Exoplanets – Thursday, Oct. 20, 6 PM, Pasadena Convention Center – The Division for Planetary Sciences (DPS) is holding its annual meeting at the Pasadena Convention Center during Astronomy Week and offers a rare, free public talk at the Convention Center with space science experts, Alan Stern and Giovanni Tinetti. Be sure to come early to enjoy an exhibit hall filled with info displays by astronomy institutions from around the world; a Space Art exhibition, and a “Star Party” with telescopes available for public viewing outside the Convention Center. More→
Astronomy Festival – Oct. 22 from 2 PM – 8 PM, Pasadena Convention Center – Free family friendly astronomy activities at the Pasadena Convention Center such as an inflatable digital planetarium as well as special telescopes that can be used for daytime and nighttime viewing. More→
About the City of Astronomy
Some of the biggest advances in astronomy, space science, medicine, geology and space exploration have occured here. Astronomer Royal, Martin Rees, once said, “The universe of astronomy has no center but the universe of astronomers does. For years that center has been Pasadena, California.
World-renowned institutions include Caltech, Carnegie Observatories, Giant Magellan Telescope, IPAC, NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Mt. Wilson Observatory, The Planetary Society, and Thirty Meter Telescope, Pasadena City College and Kidspace Museum.
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