By: Elizabeth Becker/blogger
Date: First Friday of Every Month
Time: Planetarium Show begins at 7:30 pm sharp (arrive early for tickets). Laser shows run 8 pm – Late. Rooftop Observatory Viewing: 8:30 pm -10 pm, weather permitting. Activities for kids: 8 pm – 9 pm (ages 3+).
Address: 3280 South Miami Avenue, Miami, FL 33133
Cost: Free for planetarium show, rooftop viewing, and kid’s activities. Laser show $8 for adults and $4 for children
On the first Friday of every month, the Planetarium at the Miami Science Museum offers the opportunity to experience a guided “tour” of the night sky for free. The show begins at 7:30 pm sharp and is open for all ages. Tickets must be picked up at the box office and are first come, first serve. Because tickets are limited, it’s recommended to show up at least 30 minutes before the show begins to ensure you get a good seat. Often, portions of the museum are open for guests to enjoy while waiting for the show to begin.
Even though the free event takes place monthly, no two shows are the same. The Planetarium show changes slightly to accommodate new planets, stars and constellations that can be observed that particular month.
“I love planets!” 6-year old Christina Bednarczky said while waiting anxiously for the show to begin. Attending with her grandmother, Christina had recently learned about the celestial night beings and was eager to see them for herself. Another attendee, amateur astronomer Tim Schepis, has been to the show several times because “it’s a lot of fun” and “a great way to see the stars without the pollution” although he admitted it wasn’t as good as the real thing.
The 30 minute show begins with showing the audience how dim the stars and planets look in the city due to various reasons. Once the room is darkened and the “smog” removed, the stars become brighter and constellations can be observed much easier. A live “tour guide” points out majors stars, constellations, and planets. The show is a good combination of educational and interesting.
For a unique, star-filled way to spend an evening in Coconut Grove, check out the Miami Science Museum’s Planetarium.
For More Information visit the Event Page on the Miami Science Museum’s Website: http://www.miamisci.org/www/events.php.