Florida Museum presents free
star-studded event Nov. 13

November 4, 2015
Maria Espinoza

Some of the biggest (and smallest) stars in the universe will be on display as the Florida Museum of Natural History presents its ninth annual “Starry Night” event on Nov. 13, from 6 to 10 p.m. Admission is free.

Area astronomy experts will provide an opportunity to explore the wonders of the universe. Outside, weather permitting, visitors may gaze at binary stars and nebulas through professional-quality telescopes and learn about the universe with members of the Alachua Astronomy Club and University of Florida astronomy department.

Other free activities include a portable planetarium show, the opportunity to view the universe in 3-D and a 70-pound meteorite. Attendees also may travel back to the past through a “cosmic time tunnel.”

“Everyone looks up at the night sky and wonders what is out there,” said Florida Museum public programs coordinator Catherine Carey. “This event helps everyone investigate a little more about the universe we live in.”

The event also features a presentation by UF astronomy professor Ata Sarajedini, whose research focuses on galaxy evolution. During “The Eating Habits of Large Galaxies,” Sarajedini will discuss how galaxies form and continue to expand through the breakup and consumption of smaller galaxies. He will show film based on simulations that graphically illustrate this process of “eating and digestion.”

Participants who keep track and complete activities with a “passport to the universe” may earn a prize. High Springs Orchard and Bakery is the event food vendor.

“Starry Night” is produced by the Florida Museum, UF department of astronomy, Santa Fe College natural sciences department astronomy program, Kika Silva Pla Planetarium and the Alachua Astronomy Club Inc.

A cloudy sky may prevent stargazing, however the event and other activities will proceed regardless of the weather. For more information, please call 352-273-2064. 

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