Family Star Party: Planets, a Comet, and NORAD Tracks Santa — Oh My!
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Inspire the next generation of astronomy enthusiasts with a fun, learning environment for the whole family.
Event Series:Family Star Party
December 17, 2021 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm MST
Admission:No fee for outdoor telescope viewing. 1/2 price admission for Discovery Center indoor activities. Adults $5.00 Children $3.00
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Location:Space Foundation Discovery Center
Planets, a Comet, and NORAD Tracks Santa — Oh My!
Join us as we aim our telescopes below Venus just after sunset to get a view of Comet Leonard.
We will also be joined by NORAD Tracks Santa! Come learn how NORAD has been tracking Santa on his sleigh for 65 years and create a fun Space & Santa craft.
We don’t often have the opportunity to see a comet, so this is a great chance to come out for a fun and exciting evening with us for Family Star Party!
Outside (weather permitting) —
- See Comet Leonard through the telescopes
- Planet viewing (Jupiter, Saturn, Venus)
- Viewing the near-full Moon
- Enjoy the Mobile Earth & Space Observatory (MESO*)
- Telescope support provided by members of Colorado Springs Astronomical Society
- Hot cocoa and cookies!
- NORAD Tracks Santa
- Kids: create a fun Space & Santa craft!
- Science on a Sphere® presentations: Comets and other celestial objects
- El Pomar Space Gallery scavenger hunt
*MESO – the Mobile Earth & Space Observatory with their 12″ telescope and space-themed exhibit.
Space Foundation Discovery Center Family Star Parties are supported by members of the Colorado Springs Astronomical Society.
No fee for outdoor telescope viewing. Discovery Center indoor activities fee: half-price admission.
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