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Stargazing on The Lawn – African Skies

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Apr 8 | 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

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

Celebrate Africa in April with special “African Skies” short planetarium shows with intriguing stories describing the sky tonight.

We’re hoping for clear skies. In case skies are cloudy, 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. There will be observing on the lawn through telescopes operated by the Memphis Astronomical Society as well as planetarium staff.

Astronomy Activities – African Sky Connections

Moon Myth of Malawi 

Learn the myth behind the phases of the moon from the ancient peoples of Malawi, and the part that the planet Venus played in it.


Observe the annual motion of the sun to see how the ancient inhabitants of Malawi kept track of the time of year in their tropical climate.

Radio Astronomy 

Africa is home to several important radio telescopes. Learn how a radio telescope works and creates images of space by translating radio data into an image.

Star Myths of Africa 

Africa is made up of many diverse cultures and mythologies. Learn how various groups saw the stars and constellations in ancient Africa.

Planetarium shows (What’s up Tonight!) every half hour starting at 7:30 pm

Pre-purchase tickets only, wristbands required.

$10.00 adults

$6.00 Youth

Children 2 and under FREE

Wristbands will be given to all paid visitors.



Sponsored by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Tennessee Community Trust