If it's a clear evening, we'll set up telescopes near the parking lot at Picard Park for public observing of Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, a variety of double stars, star clusters, and more! If you have binoculars or a telescope you already know how to use, bring it and join the fun! If you don't have a telescope, come anyway and use one of ours. Meet other people with an interest in astronomy, share your knowledge, and learn something all at the same time. Because of possible mosquitoes, wearing long pants, long sleeves, socks, and closed-toe shoes is highly recommended. Don't forget your bug spray! People bringing a telescope should call the planetarium at 291-5547 by September 5 for more information. No alcohol or controlled substances, please, and use only flashlights that give off red light.
Directions to Picard Park: Go west out of Lafayette on Kaliste Saloom until it ends at a stop sign at E. Broussard. Turn left and go 1.9 miles, then turn right on Rue Fosse. Picard Park is a half mile down Rue Fosse on the left.
Globe at Night is a worldwide study of light pollution and its effect on the night sky. By making and reporting simple observations of well-known constellations from your home, you can provide some of the data scientists need. For more information and to download a Family Activity Packet suitable for families and school classes, go to the Globe at Night web site at http://www.globeatnight.org/.
To find out if a telescope viewing has been cancelled due to bad weather, call 337-291-5544 during Museum hours. Cancellations will also be announced on the Lafayette Science Museum Facebook page.
Watch for one of the planetarium's telescopes by the Museum at the corner of Jefferson and Congress Streets. See a safely filtered view of the sun and any sunspots that day!
Look for the planetarium's telescope during ArtWalk! Weather permitting, during daylight and twilight we'll look for the thin crescent moon, Venus, and Jupiter. Will we be able to find Mercury in daylight? We'll find out!
Enjoy seven planetarium programs a day for three days in a row! And the only programs that will repeat are our regular 4:00 p.m. 'Sky Tonight' programs! Some programs will be designed for children while most will be for the general public. Topics include constellations, telescopes, planets, stars, galaxies, space flight, and more - pick your preference or see 'em all!
Bringing together Lafayette's science-minded citizens for a night of science and fun, the planetarium will host two short presentations. The first will be about planetariums and what planetarians do (special note: "planetarians" are people who work in planetariums, not flatworms; those are planarians) and the other will be about space flight in honor of Space Frontier Week.
NOTE: Seating is limited in the planetarium. Claim your FREE ticket to reserve a seat in the planetarium for this event! Event not intended for children. Must be 18 or older to attend.
Mars will be at its closest to Earth since 2003 on July 31! No, it won't look as big as the moon, but it will be bright and easy to see in a telescope. As will Venus, Jupiter, and Saturn - with a slim chance of seeing Mercury as we start. So, we're making an evening of it!
Also, Central Pizza will be on hand with pizza by the slice available for purchase, and the Lafayette Public Library will provide astronomy-related activites for the whole family!