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Space Explorer Day

Saturday, October 8, 2022 10:00 AM — 1:00 PM

Ignite your curiosity for space at Fernbank Museum of Natural History. Join us for a day of science demonstrations, cosmic crafts, intergalactic exhibits and more! Climb aboard for a closer look into our solar system and beyond.

Activities Include*:

11:30 a.m.
Frances Wood Wilson Theater, Lower Level
Join a Fernbank educator to read along to “The Story of the Milky Way: A Cherokee Tale” by Joseph Bruchac and Gayle Rocks.

Forces of Flight
Great Hall, Lower Level
Explore the forces of flight that help rockets get to space with stomp launchers!

Trek Across Our Solar System
Terrace, Lower Level
Join Flint River Astronomy Club on a journey across our vast solar system! This solar system scale model is scaled to 3/4 of a mile and winds through Fernbank Forest. Trek along the trails to discover just how far away the planets are from the sun. Guided walks take place at the top of each hour.    *

Rover Exploration
Star Gallery, Lower Level
Join Circuit Runners to challenge your ability to navigate robots over rough terrain just like astronauts operating rovers on Mars!

Solar Observations
Dinosaur Plaza, Entry Level
Take a closer look at the sun through special solar telescopes with members from Flint River Astronomy Club and Georgia Tech Astronomy Club! *

Cosmic Crafting
Great Hall, Lower Level
Astronauts need their protective gear. After you create your astronaut helmet, you’ll be ready to explore the solar system!

Engineering Challenge: The Sky is Not the Limit
STEAM Lab in Naturalist Center, Upper Level
Calling all creatives! Come design and build your very own space tool . Whether it be a telescope, rover or something of your own design, we are excited to see what your imagination comes up with! Recommended for guests five years and older.

Magnificent Meteorites
Upper Level
Get the chance to hold a real meteorite in your hands and explore the difference between a meteoroid, meteor and meteorite!

Great Hall, Lower Level
Get a glimpse of celestial bodies with Flint River Astronomy Club’s astrophotographers.

What is Astronomy?
Great Hall, Lower Level
Join Flint River Astronomy Club to answer the question: “What is astronomy?”

* Weather permitting. All activities are subject to change without notice.

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