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April 26, 2013

Reminder: Stargaze With The Philadelphia Science Festival During Its Astronomy Night Event Tonight, April 26, 6 P.M.

The Philadelphia Science Festival's awesome Astronomy Night is back tonight, Friday, April 26. (Top and bottom left photos by J. Fusco for GPTMC, bottom right courtesy Franklin Institute)

Turn your gaze upwards this evening with the Philadelphia Science Festival’s epic evening of backyard astronomy.

Tonight, Friday, April 26, join astronomy-lovers across the Greater Philadelphia area during the annual Astronomy Night.

Note that the free family-friendly festivities start a little earlier this year, as guests are encouraged to do some sun gazing beginning at 6 p.m. The event runs until 9:30 p.m. at all locations, including Fishtown’s Frankford Hall (where a Science Cafe welcomes Paul Halpern is Professor of Physics at the University of the Sciences) to Swarthmore College on the Main Line.

Each location will have professional and amateur astronomers on hand as guides to the night sky.

If you’re looking to escape the city lights for an untouched view of the sky, attend Astronomy Night at one of the suburban locations. Haverford College, Riverbend Environmental Education Center and West Chester University are a few of the more rural venues.

Plenty of urban Philly locales will also welcome telescopes. Franklin Square, University of the Sciences and the Independence Seaport Museum are all opening their doors to stargazers.

With 20 participating venues, it’s a cinch to find a stargazing location in your ‘hood. Check out the handy mapped list of all locations here.

With the weather forecast for this evening looking extremely favorable, events are sure to be lively.

Don’t forget your blanket!

Philadelphia Science Festival Astronomy Night
When: Friday, April 26, 6-9:30 p.m.
Where: Various locations in and around Philadelphia
Cost: Free
More info: www.philasciencefestival.org

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