AstroFest Kick Off July 14, 2018

On Saturday July 14 from 2-8pm AstroFest kicks off the week with a festival of hands-on activities, robotics demos, creative art displays, planetarium shows, star gazing, and more at the Pasadena Convention Center.     See below for who will be there (and check back as we add more presenters)!

Star gazing from 8pm - 10pm at the Convention Center and The Paseo. So pass by for views of the moon and of our neighboring planets, such as Jupiter and Saturn.

Kidspace * Carnegie Observatories * Giant Magellan Telescope * IPAC* Caltech CTLO * NASA Exoplanet Program * Pasadena City College * Pasadena Museum of History * Pasadena Public Library * Planetary Society * San Marino Robotics Team * Thirty Meter Telescope * Mt Wilson Observatory * Santa Clarita Valley Astroclub

 
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KIDSPACE CHILDREN'S MUSEUM DISCOVERY DOME

Kidspace Children's Museum will launch you into space with our mobile planetarium, the Discovery Dome(r)! Get up close to all the planets in our Solar System. Learn some fun and amazing facts about each planet and some of their moons! Discover the constellations in our night sky and hear constellation stories from different cultures. Watch a presentation about Mars or our own Moon. All without leaving Earth!

Showtimes: 2:45; 3:45; 4:45; 5:45; 6:45; 7:45.  Show duration ~30 minutes

CARNEGIE OBSERVATORIES INFLATABLE PLANETARIUM

Astronomers from the Carnegie Observatories provide a tour of the night sky in our new inflatable planetarium, made possible by a generous grant from the Pasadena Community Foundation. You'll visit our telescopes in Chile, view the night sky around the world, and fly through the solar system. Visit our table outside the planetarium for more info about the Carnegie Observatories.

Showtimes: 2:15; 3:15; 4:15; 5:15; 6:15; 7:15.  Show duration ~30 minutes.

 

 

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CALTECH ASTRONOMY

Astronomers from the California Institute of Technology lead by Dr. Cameron Hummels will present several demonstrations for visitors including a dry-ice comet and how the optics in a telescope work.  They will also operate telescopes to provide observations of the surface of the Sun as well as viewing the night sky after sunset. 

GIANT MAGELLAN TELESCOPE

Come learn more about the Giant Magellan Telescope, one member of the next class of giant ground-based telescopes that promises to revolutionize our view and understanding of the universe.

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IPAC

Experience the universe through a virtual reality tour and explore other worlds! IPAC astronomers will not only take you to the nearest exoplanet system, but also offer you a view through infrared eyes.

CALTECH Center for Teaching, Learning & Outreach

Caltech scientists will show off a traveling circus of fun physics demonstrations.

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Local group ASTRONOMY CLUB of SANTA CLARITA VALLEY

Dave Flynn and his group will be supporting the stargazing starting at 8:30pm around the Convention Center and Paseo.

 

 

 

PASADENA CITY COLLEGE

Pasadena City College has a range of programs in the natural sciences, from physics to geology and everything in between. The campus is also home to a Pasadena landmark -- the PCC Observatory, which was opened in 1931 with a ceremony featuring Albert Einstein. At AstroFest visitors can learn about PCC's programs for students of all ages and see a demonstration of NASA's Swarmathon robots, which are programmed and controlled by a team of PCC students.

DREAMING THE UNIVERSE

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Stop by Pasadena Museum of History's DREAMING THE UNIVERSE booth to find out what all the buzz is about surrounding this enlightening and entertaining exhibit, as well as all the other fascinating programs and opportunities at PMH this summer. Test your knowledge in our Science Fiction Trivia Challenge to score discount tickets to the exhibition galleries! Dreaming the Univers e: The Intersection of Science, Fiction, & Southern California features a fantastic array of vintage costumes and movie props, fantasy art and illustrations, original manuscripts, robotic toys, and fan gear, to explore the interactions between the literary genre and advances in science, technology, and society from the 1930s to the 1980s.

PASADENA PUBLIC LIBRARY

The Pasadena Public Library will have staff members at their resource table. Staff will showcase maker boxes that the community can check out from the library. Community members will have the opportunity to use small robots (Ozobot) and othe STEAM related items. In addition to the items being showcased, staff will explain the STEAM programs and other events at the library.

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SAN MARINO TITANIUM ROBOTICS

San Marino Titanium Robotics - FRC Team 1160. Established in 2003, our team's mission has been to spread the message of FIRST and STEAM to our community in a way that a normal classroom environment cannot. Founded on a "student-run, mentor assisted" ideology, we've created a team that is more than just building robots. Come test drive one of our Award-Winning robots, JoyS[Ti]ck or [Ti]rone!

THIRTY METER TELESCOPE

TMT will be at AstroFest 2018. Come and visit our booth at the free Astronomy festival 2-8pm on Saturday July 14 at the Pasadena Convention Center. You will take a virtual tour of TMT Observatory with our VR walkthrough and experience the methods astronomers use to determine the nature of the Universe and all the objects within. Stop by for the latest news and sign up for our e-newsletter. Look for Warren and Angel!

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MT WILSON OBSERVATORY

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Mount Wilson Observatory will have info on their STEM program along with some historic photographic plates that were take on the 100" telescope; and an interactive spectroscopy mini-lesson.