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Pink Palace Front Entrance

Stargazing on The Lawn

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Oct 15 | 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Celebrate the night sky with MoSH on the front lawn of the Pink Palace Mansion

There will be activities and talks on the lawn and inside the Museum. The Museum opens at 7 pm. Indoor activities will be open through 9:00 pm. There will be observing on the lawn through telescopes operated by volunteers from the community as well as planetarium staff. Short planetarium shows describing the sky tonight, and maybe a few surprises, will go on approximately every 30 minutes.

Pre-purchase tickets only, wristbands required. There will be a selection of telescopes displayed on the mezzanine with experts to talk with visitors about how the different types of telescopes work as well as pros and cons of each.

Astronomy Activities – Learn about galaxies, gravity and our universe.

Design a Galaxy – Learn about the fascinating features that make different galaxies unique and create your own with glow in the dark paint.

Gravity Well – Use marbles to discover what a gravity well is and how celestial bodies are pulled into orbit in space.

Webb Space Telescope Origami – The James Webb Space telescope is designed to fold into a rocket and unfold again in space. Learn about the elegant engineering that deploys the Primary Mirror with an origami activity.

Galaxy Walk – Take a walk through the universe. On this self-guided activity, learn about observed galaxies including what they look like, how far away they are from the Milky Way Galaxy, and how big they our compared to other galaxies.

“Studies of Supermassive Black Holes with JWST”

Talk by:

Francisco Muller Sanchez

Assistant Professor

Department of Physics and Materials Science – University of Memphis

The James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) is the largest space telescope ever constructed. It will complement and extend the discoveries of the Hubble Space Telescope, with longer wavelength coverage and greatly improved sensitivity. The JWST is being developed by NASA in partnership with the European and Canadian Space Agencies, with science observations proposed by the international astronomical community in a manner similar to Hubble.

In this talk, Assistant Professor Francisco Muller Sanchez from the Department of Physics and Materials Science of the University of Memphis, will present the science behind two accepted cycle 1 JWST proposals about supermassive black holes, in which he is the Principal Investigator. The analyses of the JWST data will provide the most detailed characterization of the environment around active supermassive black holes to date. Specifically, we will be able to show how these objects are fed and how they influence their host galaxies.


$10.00 adults

$6.00 kids

Children 2 and under FREE

Wristbands will be given to all paid visitors.