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April 2015

Astronomy Day 2015

April 25, 2015
10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Celebrate 25 Years of Hubble at Arizona Science Center with special guest speakers, Dr. Jeff Hester, famous for his Hubble Space Telescope photos and Dr. Will Grundy from Lowell Observatory. Several astronomy organizations will have hands-on activities including “What's your weight on other planets", "Moon Phase Mobile" and face painting that's out of this world! Also, beginning at 7:30 p.m., join the Planetarium team in the park and view the stars through telescopes. The event will highlight the wonders of the universe the Hubble Space Telescope has unveiled.

Make sure to enter for a chance to win a Celestron 70mm refracting telescope, Lowell Observatory tickets or other great prizes!

Planetarium Schedule:
10:30 - Grand Tour of the Solar System
11:30 - Two Small Pieces of Glass
12:30 - Back to Moon for Good
1:30 - *Special lecture: Dr. Jeff Hester
2:30 - Arizona Skies
3:30 - *Special lecture: Dr. Will Grundy
4:30 - Black Holes

*Included with General Admission. Seating is First Come, First Served.

Special Lectures in the Dorrance Planetarium

"Mission Accomplished: Hubble Space Telescope and Humankind's Understanding of Itself"

Guest Speaker: Dr. Jeff Hester Lecture begins: 1:30 p.m.

Over his 30-year career as an internationally known astrophysicist, Dr. Jeff Hester was a key member of the team that repaired the Hubble Space Telescope. With one foot always on the frontiers of knowledge, he has been researcher, mentor, team leader, award-winning teacher, administrator, and speaker, to name a few of the hats he has worn. These days he is a keynote speaker and coach, helping clients find success in changing time. His Hubble image, the Pillars of Creation, has appeared on a U.S. Postage Stamp and was recently chosen by Time Magazine as among the 100 most influential photographs in history.

"Initial Exploration of the Pluto System in 2015"
Guest Speaker: Dr. Will Grundy, Lowell Observatory Lecture begins: 3:30 p.m.

Join Dr. Will Grundy from Lowell Observatory and co-investigator of the New Horizons mission team as he shares an inside look in the initial exploration of the Pluto system in 2015. Find out about planned observations, spacecraft capabilities, and a brief history behind getting a spacecraft to Pluto.

Small World Nikon 2014 World Tour

April 10–May 31, 2015

The 2014 Nikon International Small World Competition recognizes excellence in photography through the microscope and showcases the top photomicrographs. These photomicrographs capture a glimpse of a world unseen by the naked eye, and may be of great technical significance as well as sheer beauty to contemplate.

This exhibit is free with general admission.

Bio Buzz Family Series

April 18, 2015
1:45–2:15 p.m.

BioBuzz Family Talks are family-friendly, 20-minute series of talks and activities designed to stimulate conversation and inquiry surrounding a variety of science topics.

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Upcoming Events

May 2015 Adults' Night Out

May 1, 2015
5:30–9 p.m.

Details available, click here

All Adults' Night Out guests must check-in at the Guest Services to receive access into the event. RSVP for quicker entry into the Center and bring the print out of the ticket. RSVP

*Event is for adults 18 and over only. Children will not be permitted into the Science Center during this event. IDs will be checked at the ticket booths. Programming subject to change without notice.


FREE General Admission for Seniors on the First Tuesday of every month

This offer is for persons 62+ only. Please bring your driver’s license, passport or identification card with you day of.

Arizona Science Center Members Weekend Hours
9 a.m. – 5 p.m.


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