Schedule | MSU MoonFest | Summer Of Space

Jul 19, 2019

MSU MoonFest Schedule | Celebrate the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11, the first moon landing, with WKAR and Abrams Planetarium at the MSU MoonFestMORE ABOUT MSU MOONFEST

FRIDAY | JULY 19 
6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. - WKAR Pop-Up Stories: Stories of Space
Calling all storytellers, Pop-Up Stories returns for a special night during the MSU MoonFest! Sign-up to share your story on the theme: the moon. 

8:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. - Abrams Show: Imagine the Moon
Explore how the Moon has inspired human creativity, learning, and exploration ever since we have looked to the sky. Each discovery has brought new opportunities to contemplate and imagine, until, driven by dreams, we left Earth and went there in the amazing journeys that culminated in astronauts walking on the Moon. People have imagined the Moon as a glowing disk in the sky, a destination in space, and a world that shares its origin with the Earth. The power of human imagination continues to inspire our relationship with the Moon as our partner in space and companion in our sky. 

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SATURDAY | JULY 20
10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. - Family Activities
Enjoy a variety of family activities with special guest Luna from the PBS KIDS show Let’s Go Luna! Stop by all the special space activities tables from Impression 5 Science Center, Capital Area District Library, MSU Broad and MSU Science Festival much more. The MSU Dairy Store will also be there handing out FREE special blue moon ice-cream while supplies last!

2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. - Abrams Show: The Next Space Race
Humans stepping foot on the  moon was an amazing achievement and one that is opened the doors wide open for what is possible. The next step is to go beyond our immediate neighborhood and send people to walk on the surface of Mars. What has been imagined over and over in science fiction is getting closer to a reality with NASA's Journey to Mars plan and the work being done by private companies such as Space X. This talk will explore the current plans to get people to Mars and what challenges we face in making that happen using immersive imagery within the planetarium theater.

4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. - Special Talk: Artist Alixandra Summitt
About 50 years ago on July 20, 1969, humans first stepped foot on the moon. It was an amazing feat that sparked the imaginations and wonder of people around the world. Locally, artist Alixandra Summitt commemorated that moment through a series of three paintings she made in a barn in the week  leading up to the landing.

Imagine the Moon
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8:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. - Abrams Show & Sky Talk: Imagine the Moon
Explore how the Moon has inspired human creativity, learning, and exploration ever since we have looked to the sky. Each discovery has brought new opportunities to contemplate and imagine, until, driven by dreams, we left Earth and went there in the amazing journeys that culminated in astronauts walking on the Moon. People have imagined the Moon as a glowing disk in the sky, a destination in space, and a world that shares its origin with the Earth. The power of human imagination continues to inspire our relationship with the Moon as our partner in space and companion in our sky. 

CANCELLED! !9:30 p.m. - 11:00 p.m. - MSU ObservatoryCome observe through the main 24" telescope as well as the MSU Observatory's suite of smaller telescopes, meet with MSU astronomers, and participate in fun astronomy-focused learning activities! Due to extreme weather this event has been CANCELLED

SUNDAY | JULY 21
11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. - Abrams Sensory Friendly Show: Imagine the Moon
Throughout the show, the transitions are fairly smooth but there are quite a few visuals that feel particularly looming on the planetarium dome. Explore how the Moon has inspired human creativity, learning, and exploration ever since we have looked to the sky. Each discovery has brought new opportunities to contemplate and imagine, until, driven by dreams, we left Earth and went there in the amazing journeys that culminated in astronauts walking on the Moon. People have imagined the Moon as a glowing disk in the sky, a destination in space, and a world that shares its origin with the Earth. The power of human imagination continues to inspire our relationship with the Moon as our partner in space and companion in our sky. 

1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.  - Abrams Sensory Friendly Show: We Are Stars
During the show there are several flying sequences that feel like you are going through large structures both on Earth and in space. It can feel quite looming. There are also a couple of brief moments of spinning. For the most part, the transitions are quite smooth and calm. The sound remains relatively constant.
What are we made of? Where did it all come from? Explore the secrets of our cosmic chemistry, and our explosive origins. Connect life on Earth to the evolution of the Universe by following the formation of Hydrogen atoms to the synthesis of Carbon, and the molecules for life. Narrated by Andy Serkis.

We Are Stars
Credit Abrams Planetarium

2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. - Abrams Show: We Are Stars
What are we made of? Where did it all come from? Explore the secrets of our cosmic chemistry, and our explosive origins. Connect life on Earth to the evolution of the Universe by following the formation of Hydrogen atoms to the synthesis of Carbon, and the molecules for life. Narrated by Andy Serkis.

4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. - Abrams Show: Imagine the Moon
Explore how the Moon has inspired human creativity, learning, and exploration ever since we have looked to the sky. Each discovery has brought new opportunities to contemplate and imagine, until, driven by dreams, we left Earth and went there in the amazing journeys that culminated in astronauts walking on the Moon. People have imagined the Moon as a glowing disk in the sky, a destination in space, and a world that shares its origin with the Earth. The power of human imagination continues to inspire our relationship with the Moon as our partner in space and companion in our sky. 

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