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McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center Hosts a Hunt for Planets during October’s Super Stellar Friday

Concord, NH--The McAuliffe Shepard Discovery Center host a workshop on finding planets in other solar systems on Friday, October 5. The workshop will happen during the Discovery Center’s Super Stellar Friday event where the Center is open extra hours every first Friday of the month from 6:30-9:30 PM with special programming.


Join Discovery Center educators and volunteers on a search for planets both in and outside our solar system. First, check out a few of the planets in our own solar system using telescopes if the weather permits or utilizing the Discovery Center’s Tonight Sky and Family of the Sun Planetarium software. Then, delve into the basics of solar systems and planets, all culminating in the search for planets around other stars! How are astronomers looking for these exoplanets? How many have been found? Why are we looking for them? Then, try to find some yourself! Utilizing hands-on interactives and the latest NASA data, join this hunt for exoplanets.


This event is the first step in a project funded by NASA's Universe of Learning to spread the word about objects beyond our solar system.


Doors open at 6:30 PM. Our evening's feature presentation begins at 7 PM, followed by an optional Tonight's Sky planetarium show. Recommended for ages 8+.  Our all-inclusive price for Super-Stellar Fridays: Free for members, $11.50/Adults, $10.50/Seniors & Students, $8.50/Children; children under 13 must be accompanied by an adult. For more information on Super Stellar Fridays and other events, check out: https://www.starhop.com/current-and-upcoming-programs/.


About McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center


The McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center features 21st century interactive exhibits on aviation, astronomy, Earth and space sciences, a full-dome planetarium and a variety of science, technology, and engineering and mathematics programs. For more information on the McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center, visit starhop.com.


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