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Starry-Eyed on the National Mall – June 10

Visitors to the nation’s capital will be able to look to the skies with professional telescopes as part of the Seventh Annual Astronomy Festival on the National Mall (Washington Monument NE; 15th Street NW and Constitution Ave) on Friday, June 10, from 6-11 p.m.

The event, organized by Hofstra University’s Astronomy Outreach Program, features day/night close-up views of the sun, moon, Jupiter, Saturn and Mars with optical and radio telescopes; planetarium shows under a 25-foot dome; interactive hands-on activities presented by NASA, Hubble Space Telescope, National Air and Space Museum, National Science Foundation, and other science and educational organizations; and astronomical image exhibits.

Photo by Geoff Chester
Photo by Geoff Chester

This free public stargazing event and the associated programs are coordinated annually by Dr. Donald Lubowich, Coordinator of Astronomy Outreach at Hofstra University. Dr. Lubowich and local amateur astronomers and science educators will set up approximately 20 telescopes on the Mall.

Admission is free. The rain date is Saturday, June 11 at Catholic University of America (take the Metro to the Brookland-CUA station).

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