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The Montshire Museum of Science is an interactive science center in Norwich, Vermont, with more than 150 hands-on exhibits relating to the natural and physical sciences, ecology, and technology. Outdoors, visitors can explore nature trails and exhibits on wind, water, and sound in David Goudy Science Park. Visiting exhibitions, educational programs, and special events are offered throughout the year.


Montshire Hosts a Day of Cosmic Exploration, along with Space Exhibition

On Saturday, January 26, 2019, the Montshire Museum of Science will host Astronomy Day, an event packed with activities that examine and celebrate the wonders of the Earth, the moon, and the stars.

Winters in New England mean shorter days, but they also allow for longer stretches of time for star-gazing. Learn about the heavenly bodies visible in the night sky—and even the rarely-seen wonders. Montshire educators and guest astronomers will share their knowledge and offer a hands-on learning experience that will cover topics ranging from stars and planets to comets and meteorites.

Astronomy Day is the perfect complement to Destination: Space! (opening January 12) — a new series of exhibitions that highlights the art and science of space exploration and celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission’s moon landing.

Destination: Space! features three special exhibitions:

  • Sun, Earth, Universe*
  • Planetary Landscapes: Works by Ned Kahn
  • One Giant Leap: The Moon Landing’s 50th Anniversary

From cosmic inspiration to lunar exploration, come enjoy a truly out-of-this world experience.

Astronomy Day Activities
  • Constellations – Learn about stars by crafting your own constellation.
  • Meteorites – Touch a piece of the solar system by examining meteorites up close.
  • Moon Phases – Create your own earth, moon, and sun diagram to take home.
  • Straw Rockets – Make a miniature air powered rocket.
  • A Day in the Life of an Astronomer – Meet astronomers and learn how they study space.
  • Pocket Solar System – Make your own scale model of the solar system.
  • Make a Comet! – Help create a model comet while learning about these icy parts of the solar system.
  • Tonight’s Sky – Find out about the constellations and planets visible on January 26.
  • Star Clocks – Use the constellations to learn how to tell time at night.
  • Stellar Forensics – Discover how astronomers study light from stars to learn what they are made of.

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*The Sun, Earth, Universe exhibition was developed in collaboration with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). Sun, Earth, Universe exhibitions are developed and distributed nationwide by the National Informal STEM Education Network (NISE Network).

This material is based upon work supported by NASA under cooperative agreement award number NNX16AC67A and 80NSSC18M0061. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the view of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).