Lectures and Special Events

Sun-Earth Day

March 24, 2018

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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. Meet scientists, look through telescopes, and engage in hands-on activities at this family-friendly event.


Schedule of Events

Exploration Stations

Cullman Hall of the Universe | 11 am–4 pm
Located on the lower level of the Rose Center for Earth and Space.
Visit each exploration station to collect a sun-earth sticker.


Solarium

Black Hole Theater | 11 am–4 pm
Located on the lower level of the Rose Center for Earth and Space.
This immersive digital art installation lets you experience the world inside the Sun's atmosphere using the vast reservoir of imagery from NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory.


Sun-Earth Stories

Cullman Hall of the Universe | 11 am–4 pm
Located on the lower level of the Rose Center for Earth and Space.
Librarians from the New York Public Library tell Sun- and Earth-related children's stories. Visit the reading corner to relax in the stacks, borrow books, and sign up for a library card. 
Storytelling Times: 11:30 am, 1 pm, and 3 pm


Special Performance: The Story Pirates

Cullman Hall of the Universe | Noon and 2 pm
Located on the lower level of the Rose Center for Earth and Space.
Join the Story Pirates for an interactive adventure that explores the science and wonder of space! Be a part of the show as we celebrate the Earth and the Sun, bringing scientific concepts to life in this one-of-a-kind performance for kids and grown-ups alike.


Aurora and Eclipse in 3D
LeFrak Theater | 4:30 pm
From solar eclipses to the aurora borealis, the beautiful interactions between the Sun and Earth have captivated curious minds for millenia. Join Director of Astrovisualization Carter Emmart, NASA solar scientists Masha Kuznetsova and Leila Mays, and Jon Linker, Predictive Science Inc., as they explain these phenomena and the science behind them. This program includes a viewing of Aurora Borealis, a 3D film directed by Ikuo Nakamura, visualizations of the Sun and Earth's entwined magnetic fields, and observations from the August 2017 American total solar eclipse.

The American Museum of Natural History gratefully acknowledges Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory and the PoLAR Partnership for their participation in Sun-Earth Day.

Special Thanks International Ocean Discovery Program, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, NASA Solar System Ambassador Program, New York Cares, Museum Volunteers, the New York Public Library, NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies, and The Story Pirates.

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

Support for Hayden Planetarium Programs is provided by the Schaffner Family and the Horace W. Goldsmith Endowment Fund.

The material contained in the presentation, Aurora and Eclipse in 3D, is funded in part by NASA under award No NNX16AB93A.  Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.