January 12, 2017

6:00PM - 9:00PM
The Franklin Institute
Joel N. Bloom Observatory
271 North 21st Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103
  • James Aguirre

    Associate Professor, Physics and Astronomy

Night Skies in the Observatory: How to Find Another Earth...Nearby

Philly Loves Bowie Week edition of Night Skies with Penn Professor James Aguirre

Join the Franklin Institute as they kick off the 2017 season of their monthly evening of stargazing with a tribute to the man who fell to Earth, David Bowie. In addition to their normal programming, activities will draw inspiration from Bowie’s works as well as explore where the Starman does have a place amongst the stars. Guests will also get to make a commemorative Night Skies Bowie Pin to remember the night. 

In the last twenty years, the notion that planets exist outside our solar system has moved from informed speculation to hard, observational science. James Aguirre will discuss how we find planets outside the solar system, what our prospects are for finding planets truly nearby, and what characteristics those planets might have. 

Hosted by Franklin Institute Chief Astronomer Derrick Pitts, Night Skies in the Observatory is a monthly stargazing event held in the Joel N. Bloom Observatory. View celestial objects in the night sky, including stars, planets, nebulae, and, if conditions are right, a galaxy or two, from five different rooftop telescopes in the Observatory. The evening includes shows in the Fels Planetarium and a lecture or presentation appropriate for ages 8 and up on an astronomical or space science topic. The Observatory is staffed with knowledgeable observers and free star maps are provided.