Our Fourth Annual Sidewalk Astronomy event at Lake St. Clair Metropark (formerly Metro Beach) is March 31. The event, which runs from 6-11 PM, will include several speakers from Wayne State University and from GLAAC member organizations.

Join us at the Welsh Activity Center near the beach for some astronomy programs and activities, including a tour of the night sky in our inflatable planetarium! Then, as the sun dips below the horizon, walk out to the plaza for some night-time viewing.

Astronomy presentations and activities

6:00 – 10:00 pm – inside the Welsh Activity Center

Hands-on astronomy activities (on-going)
Presentations on basic astronomy topics:

  • 6:00 – 6:30 pm – Exploring the Solar System – John Schroer
  • 6:45 – 7:15 pm – Transit of Venus – Jonathan Kade
  • 7:30 – 8:15 pm – Astronomy 101/3D Solar System – Gordon Hansen & Dave D’Onofrio
  • 8:30 – 9:30 pm – Fire and Ice – Wayne State University

Cubex® Planetarium shows (limit 20 people per show; ages 8 and up; free tickets available at 6:00 pm)
Local astronomy club displays (and a few items for sale)
Concessions – hot & cold beverages, munchies (so bring a little extra cash!)

Solar and Celestial Object Telescope Viewing (recommended for ages 5 and up)

6 pm – 11:00 pm – On the Plaza

Members of the Ford Amateur Astronomy Club, Warren Astronomical Society, Seven Ponds Astronomy Club and Oakland Astronomy Club will have telescopes set up and directed at various celestial objects, such as planets, nebulae, star clusters, galaxies, and more.

Come early while the sun is up to safely look at our local star in amazing detail.

Download the flyer (PDF) here.

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