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January 8, 2014

The Print Center Transforms Into An Observatory For Its New Exhibition, Canicular: Demetrius Oliver, Through March 22

The Print Center Transforms Into An Observatory For Its New Exhibition, Canicular: Demetrius Oliver, Through March 22

Gaze upon the heavens while inside an art gallery at The Print Center’s latest exhibition, Canicular: Demetrius Oliver, an up-close look at Sirius, the night sky’s brightest star. On view through March, Canicular displays a video installation of a live-feed of Sirius from a high-power telescope on top of The Franklin Institute. The feed is […]

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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

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

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

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

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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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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January 30, 2012

Video Interlude: Derrick Pitts And The Franklin Institute Featured On CBS Sunday Morning National

  The Franklin Institute got some serious national air time on CBS Sunday Morning this weekend. The subject of the segment was automatons, writing- and drawing-capable robots from the late 1700s or “mechanical marvels from a time gone by,” recently brought to the forefront of popular culture thanks to the bestselling children’s novel The Invention […]

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July 14, 2011

Photo Of The Day: The Franklin Institute To Host “Night Skies In The Observatory” Tonight, An Astronomy Event Including A Planetarium Show And Hands-On Telescope Viewing

Photo Of The Day: The Franklin Institute To Host "Night Skies In The Observatory" Tonight, An Astronomy Event Including A Planetarium Show And Hands-On Telescope Viewing

The Franklin Institute continues its Night Skies in the Observatory series tonight, July 14, with a “Ben in Space”-themed event in honor of NASA’s final space shuttle flight this week. Bonus: the gorgeous weather today is going to lead into more beautiful weather tonight perfect for stargazing. The evening is hosted by Chief Astronomer at […]

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August 12, 2010

Tonight: Watch the Annual Perseid Meteor Shower Peak from the Franklin Institute’s Rooftop Observatory

Tonight: Watch the Annual Perseid Meteor Shower Peak from the Franklin Institute's Rooftop Observatory

On the second Thursday night of every month, the Joel N. Bloom Observatory at the Franklin Institute is open late to the public and offers five different telescopes for you to view celestial objects in the sky, including stars, planets, nebulae, and if conditions are right, a galaxy or two. This month’s “Night Skies in […]

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