Tickets for this workshop are available from Guest Services on arrival.
Have you ever looked up at a clear night sky, marveled at all the stars, and then wondered which ones you were seeing? Would you like to view the rings of Saturn or the moons of Jupiter? Are you intrigued by the idea of seeing a galaxy or nebula? If you answered yes to any—or all—of these questions, then Stargazer’s Nights are for you. These programs are led by creation astronomer Dr. Danny Faulkner.
Tickets are $16.00 per person. This event is designed for older children and adults, but budding astronomers age 12 and under can attend for only $11.00. (Ticket prices do not include tax). To register call Reservations at 800-721-2298. Please note that tickets are non-refundable the day of the event.
After a few instructions on how to get the most out of your viewing experience, you’ll head out to the Observatory (pictured at right), where several telescopes will be set up. Depending on the time of the year, you’ll be treated to a variety of heavenly views. There will be binary stars, nebulae, globular clusters, galaxies, and planets. You may even be treated to an iridium flare as a satellite passes by or a view of the space station as it races overhead. It’s amazing to actually see the colors of stars; one favorite is a binary pair of stars, one yellow and one blue. But what if it’s cloudy or rainy? We have a plan for that!
On nights when the conditions are not good for telescope use, we get to stay inside for a truly unique presentation. We are able to manipulate time and space through the powerful technology of the Stargazer’s Planetarium. Be prepared for an amazing astronomy lesson as you watch the changing phases of the moon, follow planets through a retrograde cycle, or learn how to determine your longitude and latitude using the stars. See the “North Star” of Noah’s day, which is not the current star, Polaris. Travel forward in time and see what the night sky would look like if the Lord tarries for a million years. You will not be disappointed if you don’t get to go outside and view the actual night sky!
For more information about this program, or if you have any questions, please contact the programs coordinator.
Would you like to participate in a Stargazer’s Night but are not able to make it to a regularly scheduled event? Special presentations are available with advance notice (subject to availability). We can accommodate groups of 30 to 78.
Contact the programs coordinator for availability via e-mail or phone at 888-582-4253 ext 210. A $100 deposit is required upon booking (must be booked at least one month in advance).
Price: $11.00 per person
Groups size: minimum of 30, maximum of 78
Please see this PDF to learn about payment, cancellation, and rescheduling policies for this event.
*prices do not include 6% Kentucky sales tax
Dr. Danny R. Faulkner: Dr. Danny R. Faulkner earned graduate degrees in physics and astronomy and taught at the University of South Carolina Lancaster for over 26 years.