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April 25, 2012

Philadelphia Science Festival Brings Back Its Super Popular Astrononomy Night This Friday, April 27

See Philadelphia in a whole new light, at 20+ venues around the city as part of the Philadelphia Science Festival's Astronomy Night. (Top and bottom left photos by J. Fusco for GPTMC, bottom right by Darryl Moran courtesy Franklin Institute)

This Friday, April 27 more than 20 venues in and around Philadelphia will be hosting special stargazing sessions as part of the Philadelphia Science Festival’s second annual Astronomy Night.

Professional and amateur astronomers will be on hand at each of the locations to help show visitors what’s visible in the Philadelphia night sky at this time of year.

While many of the locations are a bit outside the city, which may allow for maximum star viewing, several are located right in the heart of Philadelphia, including Drexel University, Franklin Square, the Franklin Institute and the University of Pennsylvania.

If you’re looking to eliminate some of the background light from city buildings, then you might want to try West Chester University, Swarthmore College or Awbury Arboretum.

Some of the locations will also be offering additional special programming. The Franklin Institute will be hosting a discussion and movie screening with NASA Senior Astrophysicist John Mather starting at 7 p.m., and the Riverbend Environmental Education Center in Gladwyne will be guiding night hikes and overseeing campfires.

The weather should be dry and the sky clear, so pack up a blanket and some hot chocolate and explore one of the many awesome venues taking part in this year’s festivities.

Philadelphia Science Festival Astronomy Night
When: Friday, April 27, starting at 8 p.m.
Where: Various locations in and around Philadelphia
Cost: Free
More info: www.philasciencefestival.org

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