Before Your Visit:
- You will need a clear night with minimal clouds in order to view through the telescope - so check the forecast before you go.
- Bring a jacket and bug spray.
- Check the Powell Observatory schedule to decide which program would be most interesting – for young kids, choose one that highlights a topic they are familiar with such as the moon.
Explore Powell Observatory:
- During the evening, enjoy a presentation on the night's topic in the classroom.
- Make sure to stop at the two telescopes located outside of the observatory and view the objects in the night sky.
- Climb the tall ladder to view stars, galaxies and other amazing things through the 30" Ruisinger telescope (which is one of the largest telescopes in our 5 state area!).
- Throughout the evening, scientists set up their own telescopes and love to talk with kids. Visit with them to learn about space - you might see another galaxy, or a double star!
- Use your own eyes! Since the observatory is located away from city lights, so many more stars are visible with the naked eye.
Learn about Stars & Space:
- Find some fun astronomy games and cool videos on NASA's Space Place.
- Try some fun activities in our 'Night Under the Stars' guide.
Check out our list for great books about space!
- Want to learn more about stars and space? Visit the Planetarium at Science City to see one of their indoor space shows.