The Planetary Society creates and participates in events to bring the excitement of space exploration to public audiences. From our world-wide Planetfests to lectures in small-town libraries to hanging a solar-sail blade in Rockefeller Center in New York, we are constantly finding new ways involve our members in the excitement of space exploration.
Event to celebrate " Global Astronomy Day". Event will include a TPS Table, Astronomy Lecture, PBS-POV DVD showing Bill Nye video, and night time telescope viewing (weather permitting), located at the Shake-A-Leg Miami area in Coconut Grove neighborhood of Miami Florida on the Biscayne Bay waterfront.
Free public star parties are held monthly at Griffith Observatory from 2:00 p.m. to 9:45 p.m. with the assistance of volunteers from the Los Angeles Astronomical Society, the Los Angeles Sidewalk Astronomers, and The Planetary Society. They are a chance for the whole family to look at the Sun, Moon, visible planets and other objects, to try out a variety of telescopes, and to talk to knowledgeable amateur astronomers about the sky and their equipment.
Please be aware that the astronomers and telescope demonstrators must cut off the line for each telescope to enable all viewing to be completed by 9:45 p.m.
Odyssey Dramatic Presentation by Andrew Lound telling the story of the astronomical activities of Matthew Boulton and members of the Lunar Society. Presented in full 18th century costume, with images, music and props presented in the exact location of the Lunar meetings.
The Planetary Society's Director of Space Policy, Casey Dreier, will be at the H.R. MacMillan Space Centre in Vancouver, BC to give a tribute to Carl Sagan as part of the Centre's Carl Sagan Day celebrations.
After the tribute will be a screening of the 1997 film Contact, based on the book by Sagan. Carl Sagan inspired dress code is encouraged.