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Explore the Beauty of the Night Sky

The Big Dipper over Wings Neck in Pocasset MA.
Photo by Don Parkinson - The Big Dipper over Wings Neck in Pocasset MA.

The night sky provides endless opportunities for discovery and exploration. And this summer the Cape Cod Museum of Natural History in Brewster, is giving the public a chance to take advantage of that opportunity thanks to The Museum of Science Traveling Program: STARLAB Portable Planetarium.

The STARLAB planetarium will take the museum’s guests on a tour of the solar system and beyond. The program gives people the tools to discover which stars and planets are visible on the evenings when the STARLAB is open to the public: Tuesday, July 19 and Thursday, August 4. Each date will have four separate shows that start at 10:30 am and are followed by ones at 11:45 am, 1 pm and 2:15 pm.

As part of the program, guests will be taught how to find several constellations in the night sky; learn what’s special about the North Star; local objects including planets and galaxies; and see up-to-date images from probes and telescopes.

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Additionally, STARLAB educators will provide useful tips on how best to navigate the night sky from one’s own backyard. Those attending should be able to sit comfortably on the floor for 30 minutes.

The cost to attend STARLAB is $12 for members at the door or $10 online; for non-members it is $15 at the door and $12 online. Admission to the show is separate from admission to the museum. There is an online option to combine the two though reservations are required as space is limited. The museum admission/show combo price is $18 for adults; $16 for seniors; and $14 for children.

Tickets are available online at www.ccmnh.org