Special Events

Delta College Planetarium astronomers will say “Hi” to NASA's Juno spacecraft on Wednesday, October 9, at 2:00pm.  The public is invited to attend the event.

NASA's Juno spacecraft will fly past Earth on October 9 to receive a gravity assist from our planet, putting it on course for Jupiter. 

The Juno mission team has invited amateur radio operators around the world to say "HI" to Juno in a coordinated Morse Code message. Juno's radio & plasma wave experiment, called Waves, should be able to detect the message. 

Delta College Planetarium astronomers will be transmitting their signal on a frequency of 28.270 MHz.

The Juno spacecraft will be within a distance of 50,000 kilometers from 2:00pm to 4:40pm EDT, and the Juno science instrument team has determined that Juno has the best chance of detecting the "HI" signal at this range. 

If the activity is successful, the Juno Waves instrument data containing the message will be shared by the Juno team and the Delta College Planetarium after the flyby.

Juno was launched in August, 2011 and will arrive at Jupiter in July, 2016.  Juno's principal goal is to understand the origin and evolution of Jupiter

Oct. 4 - "International Astronomy Day"

Join us at 3pm for our family show, "Perfect Little Planet" followed by our 4pm Rocket Rally.  Build your own rocket and launch it. See special displays of detailed rockets by experts from the Civil Air Patrol.

At 7pm, join us for the spectacular show, "STARS," followed at 8pm by "How to Use Your Smartphone as a Starmap."  Weather permitting, we will view the sky from our Observation Deck.

Tickets for shows are $7 for adults, $5 for Delta Students, Children (ages 3-18) Military, Seniors (ages 60+). Events are free.

Oct. 23 - Partial Solar Eclipse

Join us from 5:30 pm until sunset to safely observe a partial solar eclipse, weather permitting, at this FREE event. Special safety viewing glasses are available for $1.00 each.
Learn about the TOTAL solar eclipse coming to US residents in 2017.

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