Night Sky Tour

–Live Astronomy Show

 

night sky tour

Join the North Museum’s Astronomy Educators to explore the wonders of the night sky in our live planetarium show, Night Sky Tour! Witness the night sky come to life as you learn about the constellations among the stars, planets currently visible, our place in the cosmos, and more! Each of our SciDome Educators will bring their own expertise to the Night Sky Tour program, making each show a different experience. Learn more about our educators below.

This engaging live program is displayed in high definition using the cutting edge technology of our ScDome Theater. Unlike any of our other SciDome Theater movie-like shows, the Night Sky Tour is a facilitated program based on the changing sky above you, giving each show an entirely unique experience of exploration.

Recommended for ages 10+     Approximate Length: 35-40 minutes + Q&A


Meet our Educators

stephen-rudman

Stephen Rudman

B.A. in Astronomy, Biochemistry, Molecular Biology & Doctor of Law 

Education: Franklin & Marshall College, & Temple University

Occupation: Attorney

Years with the Museum: 2005-Present


What do you love most about astronomy?

Planetary Systems

What would you like to show us during the Night Sky Tour?

Celestial Navigation: Finding your way just by using the Sun, moon, and stars!

What do you like to do when you’re not here at the North Museum?

During my free time, I like to go swing dancing, and rowing.

maggie-shetz

Maggie Shetz

A.A. Languages and Humanities

Education: Harrisburg Area Community College

Occupation: Hypnotherapist and owner at Lancaster Hypnotherapy

Years with the Museum: 2011-Present


What do you love most about astronomy?

I’m excited by the extraordinary vastness of space, curious about its yet-to-be-discovered treasures and regularly astonished by its profound beauty.

What would you like to show us during the Night Sky Tour?

My goal is to share my amazement and curiosity about the nature of our cosmos. And to convey awareness that we are part of an infinitely large and tremendously beautiful universe.

What do you like to do when you’re not here at the North Museum?

Some of my favorite pastimes include music, art, nature, and travel. Additionally, I have had a lifelong interest in the study of human consciousness and the potentials of the human mind. Last but certainly not least, I am helplessly enamored with my 2 granddaughters!

Baird Thompson

What do you love most about astronomy?

I am exhilarated by the wonder of life and the possibility of life elsewhere than on Earth. The probability of a planet being able to permit life is very small. However, I believe that within the vastness of space, there must be another place that can enable life like our Earth does.

What would you like to show us during the Night Sky Tour?

I would love to share about the history of observational astronomy and discuss how our ancestors did a lot more than just look at the sky. At one time, the sky is where people looked to find the time, not watches or cell phones but to the stars. I truly appreciate and want to help others appreciate the sky as did our forebear because it is an absolutely stellar sight to see!

What do you like to do when you’re not here at the North Museum?

I enjoy performing in musical theater and singing during my time away from the dome. Whenever I find the chance, I take delight in the opportunities I have to head outside and explore the beauty of the celestial heavens!

kate-wilson

Kate Wilson

Nationally Certified Pharmaceutical Technician (NPhT)

Education: Pharmacy Technician Certification Board

Occupation: Pharmacy Technician

Years with the Museum: 2001-Present


What do you love most about astronomy?

I love to learn more about the sky above us, as well as learning about the new discoveries that are being made in the astronomy field!

What would you like to show us during the Night Sky Tour?

A personal favorite topic of mine is mythology among the stars!  Every constellation, and a star or two, have stories behind them.  Many unique cultures have fascinating stories behind what you see in the sky, which often comes paired with a great lesson to be learned.  This is a topic I love sharing in my live shows!

What do you like to do when you’re not here at the North Museum?

When I am not at the museum, I enjoy learning about weather. I also love just getting in the car and going for long drives, seeing where the road will take me… no GPS needed!

cosmicmike

Mike Smith (Cosmic Mike®)

Senior SciDome Educator for North Museum

B.A. in Astronomy and Physics

Education: Lycoming College

Years with the Museum: 2005-Present


What do you love most about astronomy?

Search for exoplanets (planets outside of our solar system) and space exploration missions.

What would you like to show us during the Night Sky Tour?

I look forward to giving a different perspective of our place in space, correcting astronomy misconceptions, celestial events and the wonders, hidden treasures beyond just the planets and stars.   

What do you like to do when you’re not here at the North Museum?

In my free time, I love to spend time with my family, go hiking, play tennis, and of course, stargazing!

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