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Family and Childrens Programs

Sun/Earth Day

Saturday, March 21, 2014

SunEarth

Join us as we explore the special relationship between Earth and the Sun and learn about the delicate balance that makes our planet the perfect place to call home. Talk with scientists and engage in hands-on activities at this family-friendly event.

Schedule of Events

MEET THE SCIENTISTS 
Cullman Hall of the Universe

  • Noon | Meet Stephanie Pfirman, polar scientist and sea ice expertat the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, who studies the age and movement of Arctic sea ice.
  • 1 pm | Meet Nick Frearson, Senior Engineer/Researcher at the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, who designs and builds unique ice imaging systems to explore Earth features and climate impacts.

HBO SCREENING: SAVING MY TOMORROW
Kaufmann Theater | 3 pm
HBO and the American Museum of Natural History present Part 3 of a documentary family special about the environment, showcasing kids from around the world sharing their thoughts on a range of environmental issues from endangered animals to climate change.

THE EARTH, AS IT IS IN SPACE
Hayden Planetarium | 5 pm
While the Sun’s radiant energy drives our climate and daily weather systems, Earth’s outer semi-fluid core generates the protective magnetic field that diverts potentially hazardous solar wind made up of charged particles. See the Earth’s majestic magnetosphere, usually invisible to our eyes, through a data visualization and experience the beauty of the most diverse planetary system we know: our home planet.

SOLARIUM 
Black Hole Theater | 11 am–5 pm
This immersive digital art installation puts you directly in the heart of the Sun’s atmosphere using the vast reservoir of imagery from NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory.

GEODOME 
Weston Pavilion | 11:30 am–4:30 pm
Join Astronomy Educator Christina Pease for an immersive look at our solar system in a portable planetarium, located on the first floor, in the School Reception Area.

The American Museum of Natural History gratefully acknowledges Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory Polar Partnership, NASA, and HBO for its participation in Sun-Earth Day.

Special Thanks: Amateur Astronomer Association of New York, NASA Solar System Ambassador Program, Lamont- Doherty Earth Observatory, Scrapkins, and Museum Staff and Volunteers.

The PoLAR Partnership is supported by a generous grant from the National Science Foundation (DUE-1239783).