The Montshire Museum of Science in Norwich, Vermont, is a hands-on interactive science center with more than 150 exhibits on nature, technology, astronomy, and the physical sciences. Visiting exhibitions, educational programs, and special events are offered throughout the year. Open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (closed Thanksgiving and Christmas).
Montshire Offers a Day of Planetary and Astronomical Exploration
On Saturday, January 27, 2018, 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.
While winters in New England mean shorter days, they also mean longer periods 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 from Dartmouth College 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 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 27.
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.