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Virtual backyard stargazing tips with Grand Rapids Public Museum

Posted at 7:36 AM, Jul 16, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-16 07:51:45-04

GRAND RAPIDS, MICH. — If you love stargazing and have always wanted to learn a little bit more about space we have the perfect event for you.

The Roger B. Chaffee Planetarium inside the Grand Rapids Public Museum is closed for the time being but the experts still want to share their tips for Backyard Stargazing with you in a virtual meet-up.

So whether you’d like to learn more about the upcoming Perseid meteor shower that’s expected to peak August 11th or how to spot planets and constellations in the night sky, GRPM's planetarium experts can give you all the tips and tricks.

The virtual event will be held via Zoom on July 23rd and it’s free to GRPM members and only $2 for the general public. One ticket is only needed per household but you’ll want to sign up soon because capacity is limited.

“The planetarium experts are actually using the technology that they use in the planetarium so you're able to see them speed up a day's time. So go from light to dark, so you can see certain constellations and where they move in the sky. So that's a really cool addition. And then they can also make simulations as well. There's just so much more so much creativity and so much knowledge involved,” Says Alee’a Cherry, Marketing Manager at Grand Rapids Public Museum.

Bring your space questions because after the presentation there will be a Q&A where you can ask the experts your questions.