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January 8, 2014

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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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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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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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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October 5, 2011

The Franklin Institute Participating In World Space Week With Events Including A Fall Community Astro Night Thursday, October 6

The Franklin Institute is promoting and participating in several events for World Space Week, which runs October 4-10. This Thursday, October 6, 8-10 p.m., will be the Philadelphia Science Festival-sponsored Fall Community Astro Night. Local amateur astronomers will set up telescopes all over the city for neighborhood observing, and two local university observatories will also [...]

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September 19, 2011

“TFI After Dark” Returns To The Franklin Institute This Friday, September 23: After-Hours Exhibit Access, Music, Drinks, Pearl Jam Documentary Screening And More

Make it a night out on the Parkway: this Friday, September 23, 6-10 p.m., is another “TFI After Dark” at the Franklin Institute, an exclusive evening event for adults. The event is filled with music from new area DJ Cool-Out, games, cash bar and snacks from caterer Frog Commissary, raffles, select Planetarium and IMAX® theater [...]

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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

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 5, 2009

Night Skies @ The Franklin Institute’s Observatory

Spend every second Thursday of the month counting the stars! The Franklin Institute’s Joel N. Bloom Observatory is open for public observing of the night sky for just $5! You’ll get to view celestial objects in the sky like stars, planets, and if the conditions are right, even a galaxy or two… from five different [...]

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August 5, 2009

Night Skies @ The Franklin Institute's Observatory

Spend every second Thursday of the month counting the stars! The Franklin Institute’s Joel N. Bloom Observatory is open for public observing of the night sky for just $5! You’ll get to view celestial objects in the sky like stars, planets, and if the conditions are right, even a galaxy or two… from five different [...]

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