Concord, NH – September brings fall hours, special programs including a special Sci-Fi First Friday, and a new planetarium show line-up at the McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center. The Discovery Center is now open to the public from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. every Friday, Saturday and Sunday, plus the first Friday night of each month from 6:30-9:30 p.m.
On Friday night, September 6, Discovery Center Education Coordinator Sarah Beattie will discuss the earliest “science fiction”, the wild stories created by ancient cultures about constellations in the night sky, followed by a look at how 19th and 20th century science fiction inspired new inventions and pathways in space exploration - and how achievements in space science in turn inspired new directions in contemporary science fiction. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.; the program begins at 7. Pending clear skies, members of the NH Astronomical Society will be outside the Discovery Center with their telescopes, providing great guided views of the September night sky.
The autumn planetarium show line-up covers flight, humanity’s first steps on the moon, and exploration from the oceans to distant planets and stars: Take Flight at 11 a.m., CapCom Go! at noon, Extreme Planets at 1 p.m., Tonight’s Sky at 2 p.m., and Space School at 3 p.m. every Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
The weekend preceding the Autumnal Equinox, the official start of autumn, the Discovery Center gears up for national and local festivities: On Saturday, September 21, the Discovery Center participates in Museum Day, during which people can go to Smithsonian Magazine’s website to download coupons for free admission to museums across the country, including the McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center; and on Sunday, September 22, the Discovery Center brings its portable planetarium to Wings and Wheels, the annual transportation fair at Concord NH Municipal Airport.
The McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center features 21st century interactive exhibits on aviation, astronomy, Earth and space science, a full-dome, all-digital planetarium and a variety of science, technology, and engineering and mathematics programs. The engaging, robust educational programs are geared towards families, teens, seniors, students, community groups and lifelong learners. For more information, visit www.starhop.com.
For information on Museum Day, visit