Astronomy Day Star Party

Astronomy Day 2014 Star Party

The Emil Buehler Perpetual Trust Planetarium at Seminole State is proud to host the Astronomy Day Star Party on Saturday, May 10, from 6-11 p.m. Our visitors will be treated to telescope viewings of the sun; the moon; the planets Mars, Jupiter and Saturn; and numerous galaxies, star clusters and nebulae. There will also be several planetarium presentations inside the dome and outside under the stars.

Once again, we will be hosting several of Orlando's food trucks in the star party area, so bring a hearty appetite for food and fun!

Most importantly (like at all planetarium star parties), admission to the event is completely free! There will be plenty of space in the star party area for visitors to bring chairs and blankets. In case of cooler temperatures, we recommend bringing some warm clothing or additional blankets.

The event will take place in the faculty and staff parking lot adjacent to building B and the planetarium, just off College Drive on the Sanford/Lake Mary Campus. The food trucks will be set up in the parking lot adjacent to the star party area, and visitors can park in the lots in front of building B.

You can RSVP via Facebook and follow the Planetarium Twitter account (#ADStarParty) for even more information on this event as we get closer to May 10! If you have any questions or comments about the Astronomy Day 2014 Star Party, please email planetarium coordinator Michael McConville. We hope to see you there!

Observing List for May 10

  • The sun, exhibiting sunspots, flares and prominences
  • The moon, Luna (waxing gibbous phase)
  • The planet Mars, at its closest approach to Earth since 2007
  • The planet Jupiter and four of its moons
  • The planet Saturn and its amazing ring system
  • The Beehive open star cluster in the constellation Cancer
  • The Whirlpool Galaxy (M51) and Bode's Galaxy (M81), two of the brightest sprial galaxies visible from Earth
  • M3 and M13, globular star clusters home to more than 100,000 stars each
  • And many more to be included!

Bring Out Your Telescope!

The planetarium staff will be available throughout the Star Party to answer questions visitors might have about their own telescopes. If you need any help setting up and using it, or would just like to show off your telescope, the Star Party is for you! 

Scheduled Presentations

Attendees of the Astronomy Day Star Party will be treated to the following presentations throughout the evening. Please note the location for each presentation.

  • 6:30, 6:50, 7:10 and 7:30 p.m.: "Tour of the Planets" full-dome presentation, inside the planetarium dome (presentations lasts 15 minutes)
  • 9 p.m.: "Central Florida Nights" live star tour, in the star party area (presentation lasts 45 minutes)

Please check this site regularly for updates about the Star Party.

Want more info? Contact us.

General Information:
Derek Demeter407.708.2409

School Field Trips:
Michael McConville407.708.2421

Media Requests
Derek Demeter407.708.2409

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