Four hundred years ago, Galileo Galilei turned his refracting telescope toward the sky to observe the heavens. In honor of the International Year of Astronomy, as well as the accomplishments of Galileo and his fellow stargazers, Anoka-Ramsey Community College will team up with the University of Minnesota Astronomy Department and the Minnesota Planetarium to offer an evening of hands-on learning. In addition to good old-fashioned stargazing, the event will include guest speakers, a cloud chamber (to illustrate how Earth is bombarded with cosmic rays), slideshows, and a movie screening, as well as hydroface demonstrations (you'll have to attend to find out what it is). The piece-de-resistance is the Exploradome, a dome 25 feet in diameter dome in which guests can travel through space and time. Spend the evening at this family-friendly event remembering the man who sacrificed his freedom to the Inquisition, and revel in the fact that we live in a time when scientific exploration is not only allowed, by valued. For more info visit www.an.cc.mn.us.
Thu., April 2, 5-9 p.m., 2009