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Come to the 8th Annual Astronomy Festival on the National Mall

Tuesday, April 25, 2017 - 08:49

AAS members in the Washington, DC, metro area are encouraged to bring their family and friends to the 8th Annual Astronomy Festival on the National Mall (AFNM) on Friday, 2 June, from 6 to 11 pm — and to make sure their home institution is participating. Weather permitting, the event will be held near the Washington Monument, at 15th Street NW and Constitution Avenue, across from the National Museum of African American History and Culture. Rain location: School Without Walls High School, 2130 G Street NW.

AFNM is the largest astronomy event on the National Mall, with 7,000 to 10,000 people expected, and is sponsored by Hofstra University. Experts and educators from national organizations, universities, museums, astronomy clubs, and federal agencies will be offering hands-on demonstrations and activities, a planetarium show with a portable inflatable dome, and telescopic observations of the Sun (safely filtered, of course), Moon, Saturn, and Jupiter. If your institution isn't already signed up to participate (it doesn't cost anything), email Donald Lubowich for information on how to get involved.

Public parking is available at the Ronald Reagan International Trade Center Building, entrance on 14th Street NW just ¼ block north of Constitution Avenue, for $13.00 from 5 pm until 1 am.

AFNM started as part of a NASA-funded Music and Astronomy Under the Stars program, which brought an astronomy festival to outdoor concerts throughout the US, and was co-sponsored by the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.

For a list of participating organizations, maps, more information, and updates as the event nears, see

Richard Tresch Fienberg
AAS Press Officer
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