COLUMBIA, SC (WCSC) - The South Carolina State Museum will be celebrating the twenty-fifth anniversary of the Hubble Space Telescope with a special event on Friday, April 24, from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Experts will be presenting information about shuttle missions needed for launching and servicing the Hubble Telescope, how the telescope has contributed to scientific discoveries, and how it has made an enduring cultural impact.
The Museum will be setting up several portable telescopes for guests to view celestial objects in real time, including the Moon, Jupiter, and the stars. Other hands-on astronomy activities will also be offered. Guests will have the opportunity to explore the museum, receive free giveaways, and enter a drawing to win a beginners telescope.
The event is family-friendly. Tickets are $5 per person, and free for museum members. Tickets can be purchased at the door on the night of the event.
A 25-minute live sky tour will be presented in the planetarium for an additional fee. The tour will feature discoveries made by the Hubble, a 4D movie, and take a closer look at the exhibit
BUGS! Giant Robotic Creatures.
“We are excited to bring awareness around the Hubble Space Telescope and celebrate 25 years since it first launched,” said State Museum director of education Tom Falvey. “The event will include several interactive and educational opportunities to showcase how space exploration has evolved over more than two decades.”
The first 200 guests will receive a free astronomy poster.
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