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McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center to Host Virtual Super Stellar Friday

The McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center will resume its monthly Super Stellar Friday series in June, in a new virtual format. At 7 PM on Friday, June 5, Discovery Center Educator and Astronomy Instructor Dave McDonald will give a live presentation, Unveiling the Mysteries of the Solstice,via a Zoom webinar. McDonald will discuss the causes and significance of the solstice, how this celestial event is related to constellations and zodiac symbols, and more. Following the presentation, McDonald will answer audience questions in a Q & A session. Online registration is required to access the presentation; see the museum’s website,, to register and submit questions in advance. This event is free, but donations are welcome.

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This new, virtual iteration of Super Stellar Friday is the latest of the Discovery Center’s suite of virtual offerings. As New Hampshire residents and business continue to practice social distancing, pivoting to Distance Learning has allowed the museum to continue reaching audiences and serving as an educational resource for families in and beyond New Hampshire. The Discovery Center posts virtual lessons and educational activities daily Monday through Saturday, and staff are planning additional virtual events. Registration is now open for the museum’s virtual STEM summer camps, which begin on June 22; see the museum’s website for details.

The McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center features 21st century interactive exhibits on aviation, astronomy, Earth and space sciences, an all-digital, full-dome planetarium and a wide 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


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