Celebrate Astronomy Day at Discovery Center April 28

Staff Report

Few people may know the stars and planets have their own special day … Astronomy Day … and Discovery Center Museum, along with help from the Rockford Amateur Astronomers, is planning to celebrate from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, April 28.

Astronomy Day is an annual event intended to provide a means of interaction between the general public and various astronomy enthusiasts, groups and professionals.

Astronomy Day occurs on a Saturday between mid-April and mid-May, and is scheduled to occur at or just before the first quarter moon.

The event is sponsored locally by Astro-Physics, Inc.

Discovery Center activities will include make a star map, investigate telescopes, take a close-up look at the sun with the Rockford Amateur Astronomy Club, create glittery star crafts, and free planetarium shows featuring the Discovery Center’s new digital projection system.

Discovery Center Museum is inside Riverfront Museum Park, 711 N. Main St., Rockford. Admission is $7 for adults, $7 for children 2-17, and free to museum members and children 1 and younger.

Hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Saturday, and noon-5 p.m., Sunday. Call (815) 963-6769 or visit www.discoverycentermuseum.org for more details.

From the April 25-May 1, 2012, issue

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