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Celebrate Astronomy Week at NHMU!
Celebrate Astronomy Week at the Natural History Museum of Utah! Meet local astronomy experts, learn the difference between comets and asteroids and explore magnetism, light and pressure through hands-on activities designed for adults and children.
In partnership with the University of Utah Department of Physics & Astronomy, the University of Utah's RoboUtes, & Salt Lake Astronomical Society
Included in Museum Admission
Astronomy Week Activities:
Meet local astronomy experts from the Department of Physics and Astronomy
Explore how telescopes work
See how planets outside our solar system are being discovered
Travel though a slightly smaller version of our solar system
What's the difference between a comet and an asteroid?
Learn about ISON, a comet that NASA is tracking that could be one of the brightest comets seen from Earth over the last century!
Explore magnetism, light and pressure
Discover what different levels of air pressure feel like on different planets
Participate in hands-on activities about magnetism and the light spectrum
Additionally, find out what the Mars Rover has discovered recently!
About Astronomy Week:
This event was started in 1973 by Doug Berger, the president of the Astronomical Association of Northern California. His intent was to set up various telescopes in busy urban locations so that passersby could enjoys views of the heavens. Since then the event has expanded and is now sponsored by a number of organizations associated with astronomy. There are two Astronomy Weeks nationally celebrated each year, one in October and one in April.