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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.

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 [...]

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April 17, 2013

Explore The Night Sky At The Philadelphia Science Festival’s Beloved Astronomy Night Event, Friday, April 26

One of the Philadelphia Science Festival’s most epic events is back for the 2013 festival. On Friday, April 26, join stargazers across the Greater Philadelphia area at the annual Astronomy Night. Locations ranging from Fishtown’s Frankford Hall (stein, anyone?) to Swarthmore College on the Main Line will serve as hosts for the exciting event. Each [...]

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March 11, 2013

Stargaze With The Franklin Institute’s Chief Astronomer Derrick Pitts At The Night Skies In The Observatory Event On The Second Thursday Of Each Month

Learn and view some of space’s stars, planets, nebulae and galaxies on the second Thursday of each month at the Franklin Institute’s Joel N. Bloom Observatory. Night Skies in the Observatory will be led by the Franklin Institute’s Chief Astronomer, Derrick Pitts on the second Thursday of each month. Check out the March event on [...]

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December 6, 2012

Explore The Winter Skies With Chief Astronomer Derrick Pitts At The Franklin Institute This Sunday, December 9

Events as exclusive as this one are normally only open for members of The Franklin Institute, but this weekend they are extending this cool astronomical event to all. Chief Astronomer Derrick Pitts, who has been seen on The Colbert Report and The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, will be hosting two special workshops on [...]

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September 26, 2012

The Franklin Institute To Host “Planetarium On The Parkway” In Conjunction With Open Air, Friday Night, October 12

Update: Due to projected inclement weather, Planetarium on the Parkway has been rescheduled for Friday, October 12. The Franklin Institute is kicking their popular “Night Skies In The Observatory” series up a notch with a special edition in conjunction with Open Air. On Tuesday, October 2 at 8:30 p.m., the Franklin Institute’s Chief Astronomer (and [...]

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August 30, 2012

The Franklin Institute To Host “Night Skies In The Observatory,” A Hands-On Rooftop Telescope Viewing, Thursday, September 13

On Thursday, September 13 from 7-10 p.m., you’ll have the opportunity to take part in the Franklin Institute’s excellent “Night Skies In The Observatory” event series. Hosted by Chief Astronomer at The Franklin Institute, Derrick Pitts, the event keeps the Joel N. Bloom Observatory open late to the public and offers five different telescopes for [...]

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May 29, 2012

Celebrate The Super-Rare Transit Of Venus With Events At The American Philosophical Society Museum And Franklin Institute, June 1-10

Every life is full of great firsts: a first word, a first kiss, even a first time on a roller coaster, or skydiving. But how about awesome events that are (almost certainly) lasting? June 5, it turns out, will be a monumental one of those. It’s the only time for the next 105 years that [...]

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Derrick Pitts, Chief Astronomer At The Franklin Institute
 

Watch today’s Philly 101 video to meet one of Philadelphia’s beloved public figures, Derrick Pitts, the Chief Astronomer at the Franklin Institute.

The Franklin Institute’s Joel N. Bloom Observatory, operated and maintained by Pitts and his staff, treats visitors to day and nighttime viewing with its 10-inch Zeiss refractor and four Celestron CPC 800 GPS Computerized Telescopes. The instruments provide visitors with views of most planets and bright stars, several star clusters and nebulae and even a few galaxies.

It is also one of a handful of observatories in the whole country to provide optically safe, real-time direct observation of solar activity. Pretty cool.

Meet Derrick and find out what he wishes more people knew about in Philadelphia, and why.

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Watch today’s Philly 101 video to meet one of Philadelphia’s beloved public figures, Derrick Pitts, the Chief Astronomer at the Franklin Institute. The Franklin Institute’s Joel N. Bloom Observatory, operated and maintained by Pitts and his staff, treats visitors to day and nighttime viewing with its 10-inch Zeiss refractor and four Celestron CPC 800 GPS [...]

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Welcome to Uwishunu's video series called "Philly 101," featuring 101 videos about Philadelphia in 101 days. Each video features a different Philadelphian, from top chefs and boutique owners to hotel doormen and brewers, sharing what they wish more people knew about Philly. Let us know what you wish more people knew about in the comments, on Twitter and on Facebook.
 

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April 25, 2012

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

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 [...]

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December 12, 2011

The Franklin Institute To Host Nightly Joel N. Bloom Observatory Viewings, December 26-30

In honor of the holidays, the Franklin Institute is opening its popular Joel N. Bloom Observatory to the public every night during the week of December 26-30. Monday through Friday at 5 p.m. that week, visitors will have a rare opportunity to see the night sky from the rooftop of the Franklin Institute. The observatory [...]

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