MSAS

Public Programs

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Our public programs are fun for the whole family!

Individuals, families, and groups of all ages are welcome and encouraged to attend.

Star Gazer's Gift Shop is open during every program.

 

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SKYQUEST PROGRAMS

The following MSAS Astronomy Village public program subjects consist of a lively lecture, dramatic slide show, unique demonstrations, observatory viewing session (weather permitting), and question/answer session:


PREMIER TELESCOPES USED IN ASTRONOMY

What do the most powerful telescopes around the world look like? See images of the Keck I telescope of the Mauna Kea Observatories in Hawaii, the space based Hubble Telescope, and "El Radar" - the Arecibo Observatory, a 1000' radio telescope constructed in a natural canyon surrounded by the rainforests of Puerto Rico.


METEORITES, Alien rocks from space

Learn about meteorite impact craters that are found around the world. Is a shooting star really a meteor? Want to hold a real alien in your hand? How are comets related to meteors? Did an asteroid really cause the extinction of the Dinosaur? We will answer these questions and much more.


HOW TO USE A TELESCOPE

Are you interested in learning how to locate objects with a/your telescope or binoculars? This comprehensive program includes simple yet practical hands-on application of telescope function, cleaning, adjustments, accessories and navigation techniques. This program is a must for the first time telescope owner or user!


CONSTELLATIONS, Star Patterns

Four separate programs implemented at appropriate season:

Winter-Spring-Summer-Fall

Learning to navigate the sky CAN be simple. Join this program and navigate the night sky with our tried and true methods. Using the latest technology of a "green laser" we specifically point out patterns and figures that you can see! Applications are designed for the beginning star gazer.


METEORS

Meteors shoot through the sky every night. You see them as what is referred to as a "shooting star". What are they? Where do they come from? Learn what causes the Perseid Meteor Showers!


SELECTING THE RIGHT TELESCOPE FOR YOU!

Are you interested in purchasing a telescope or binoculars? If so this is the SkyQuest program to attend. We pragmatically explain the difference between the designs (types) of telescopes , their intended application, maintenance requirements and which one will be right for the type of viewing you want to do.


BASIC ASTRONOMY

The ABC 's of Astronomy are explored at this program. We investigate our solar system, simple navigation, telescopes, and share the personal experience of Astronomy. Your entire family will enjoy this SkyQuest program!


SUMMER ASTRONOMY

This program is only offered during the warm summer months. It is designed to offer a little bit of "everything in the Universe". Bring your picnic dinner, if you wish, and eat under the stars. Bring your telescope, if you have one, and view our dark "mountain skies"! Or view through our telescopes and enjoy a breathtaking experience in astronomy. The format of this program changes each time.


EXPLORING THE KNOWN UNIVERSE

How big is the Universe? What is a blackhole? Where are stars born? Envision your place in the Universe with our tour of the cosmos.


COMET TALES

Comets contain history, frozen in time, of the formation of our Solar System. Learn where they come from and what secret they hold!


THE PLANETS OF OUR SOLAR SYSTEM

Are there really 9 planets? What do we know about the "wanderers" of the sky? Learn how to find them and how different each of them is.


ASTRONOMY ABC'S

Using virtually no math to understand the Universe, see it simply for it's beauty! This program is an easy to understand primer for the investigation of the heavens.


STARS TO STAR DUST

You've probably heard that we are all made of star dust. But do you know why? How stars form and what initiates their birth is the scope of this program.


THE MOON, OUR NEAREST NEIGHBOR

Poems are written about it, seasons are highlighted by it, Earth's ocean tides are moved by it, the night sky is lit by it, we call it ... the Moon. This program witnesses the magic and secrets of our neighbor.


TODAY'S UNIVERSE

This program discusses the "gossip" of astronomy, what is fact and what is not. The new tools of Astronomy gift us an undertstanding our Universe as never known before!

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MSAS PRIVATE
Programs

Want a PRIVATE Program? A program for your organization or group exclusively?

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PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

This program offers a group or organization of 50 (minimum required) to 80 participants a private and exclusive experience at the MSAS facility. No other individuals will be allowed to attend.

The group coordinator selects one of the PROGRAM TOPICS listed to the right. A unique and beautiful color slide show is presented on the selected topic at a level to suit the audience, followed by a question and answer session. Additionally, interesting astronomical items are shared with participants including space rated materials, rare meteorites and more.

The Observatory facility is included with this program, weather permitting. Daytime programs include safe solar viewing and a discussion of the mechanics of a functioning observatory. Evening programs include night sky viewing and a discussion of the mechanics of a functioning observatory.

Each program has a duration of about one and a half hours, followed by time for participants to shop at Star Gazer’s Gift Shop and peruse MSAS’s one of a kind space and science objects on displays.

Program Fees

Note: 50 person minimum is required:

Adults: $7.00 ea.
Children: $5.00 ea.
(under 17 years of age)


Call today to schedule a unique experience into our Universe at the MSAS Astronomy Village!


(
909) 336-1699

Facility hours:

Gift Shop open 11 am- 2 pm every Friday.

Open for ticket sales:

11 am - 2 pm - Fri. & Sat.

on SKY QUEST Program weekend.

(weather permitting)

Office hours vary, please call for more information

(909) 336-1699

Click HERE for program request form



Program Topics

The following MSAS Astronomy Village educational program subjects consist of a lively lecture, dramatic slide show, unique demonstrations, and question/answer session:


BASIC ASTRONOMY

This program explores the ABC's of astronomy. We survey our solar system, learn simple navigation techniques, review telescope basics, and share the personal experience of astronomy.


METEORITES: Alien Rocks From Space.

Learn about meteorite impact craters that are found around the world. Is a shooting star really a meteor? Want to hold a real alien in your hand? How are comets related to meteors? Did an asteroid really cause the extinction of the Dinosaur? We will answer these questions and much more.

TELESCOPE MAKING

Learn how telescopes work by constructing a functioning instrument. Our reusable telescope kits produce a complete 40mm telescope, similar to Galileo’s first instrument. Kits are also available for purchase at Star
Gazer’s Gift Shop.

HOW TO USE A TELESCOPE

Are you interested in learning how to locate celestial objects with a telescope or binoculars? This comprehensive program includes practical hands on experience and information about telescope function, cleaning, adjustments, accessories and navigation techniques.

CONSTELLATIONS: Star Patterns.

Learning to navigate the sky CAN be fun. Join this program and navigate the night sky with our tried and true methods. We point out star patterns in the night sky with the help of green laser technology.

EXPLORING THE KNOWN UNIVERSE

How big is the Universe? What is a blackhole? Where are stars born?
Envision your place in the Universe with our tour of the cosmos.

PREMIER TELESCOPES USED IN ASTRONOMY

What do the most powerful telescopes around the world look like? See images of the Keck I telescope of the Mauna Kea Observatories in Hawaii, the space-based Hubble Telescope, and "El Radar", Arecibo Observatory, a 1000' radio telescope constructed in a natural canyon in the rain forest of Puerto Rico.


SPECIAL PROGRAM (Discussion Based Format)


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Click HERE for program request form

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