Explore Astronomy

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Explore Tickets

$24.99

Museum General Admission
Not Required

Pricing & Registration
The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims his handiwork. (Psalm 19:1, ESV)

Explore Astronomy provides a glimpse into the handiwork of God through engaging presentations, hands-on labs, and unique experiences. Learn about the heavens in our very own observatory under the guidance of Prof. Danny Faulkner.

Open to students in grades 6–12 (ages 11 and up).

Explore Astronomy is a six-hour program: 4:00 p.m.–10:00 p.m.
*One parent is required to attend the evening portion of the program (8:00–10:00 p.m.).

The Explore Days program is on a 4-year rotating schedule. Each Explore Day includes a minimum of four hands-on, interactive sessions. The yearly topics are provided in the schedule below.

Please keep in mind that some of our activities are contingent upon weather.

Availability is limited, so sign up today!

Pricing & Registration

  • $24.99/student (museum general admission is not required or included)
  • Includes all scheduled events and parking fee.
  • Bring your own dinner, or an optional meal voucher is available for purchase. Cash purchases are not permitted due to time constraints.

To complete your child’s registration for the Explore program, adult chaperones must present these forms upon arrival on your Explore Days program date.

You can find answers to common questions on the Explore Days FAQ page.

Please contact us for more information or if you would like to schedule a private Explore day for your group.

Four-Year Rotating Schedule

  Session 1 Session 2 Session 3 Session 4
Year 1 Lunar Phases Declination & Ascension Solar System Scale Model with Observatory Tour Observatory or Astronomy Live
Year 2 Lunar Eclipse & the Spherical Earth Optical Lenses Focal Length and Telescopes Observatory or Astronomy Live
Year 3 Kepler’s Law: 1st Law of Planetary Motion Kepler’s Law: 3rd Law of Planetary Motion Density & the Composition of Planets Observatory or Astronomy Live
Year 4 Meteor Shower Galaxy Classification Hertz Sprung-Russell Diagram Observatory or Astronomy Live