Music and Astronomy Under the Stars - 2018
Free Astronomy Festival with Stargazing at Outdoor Concerts and Events
Bringing Astronomy to the Public with Activities for Kids of All Ages
Dr. Donald Lubowich, Coordinator of the Astronomy Outreach Program at Hofstra University, will give concertgoers a spectacular glimpse of the heavens. This Hofstra - sponsored program will include solar, optical, and radio telescope observations of the Sun and Moon prior to the concerts and of the Moon, Venus, Mars, Saturn, Jupiter, multi-colored double stars, star clusters, and nebulae at intermission and after the events – combined with videos, posters, banners, and hands-on-activities for all ages.
2018 Events and Times
- Wednesday July 25, 2018, 7:00 - 10:00 pm; “Summer Wind” with the smooth sounds of Johnny Avino, Sounds of Frank Sinatra & Friends; Rath Park, Franklin Square, concert at 8:00 pm.
- Saturday August 11, 2018, 6:00 -10:00 pm; Latino-American Night, Eisenhower Park, East Meadow, NY; Harry Chapin Lakeside Theatre, concert at 7:00 pm.
- Friday August 16, 2018, 6:00 - 11:00 pm; Family Cinema Night -- A Wrinkle In Time; Jones Beach boardwalk bandshell, Central Mall Jones Beach State Park, Wantagh, NY; movie at 8:00 pm.
- Saturday October 6, 2018, 8:00 - 10:00 pm; Sagamore Hill National Historic Monument, Oyster Bay, NY.
Since 2009, this NASA-funded Music and Astronomy Under the Stars program has brought the stars to 50,000 music lovers at Long Island parks and to the Newport Folk, Tanglewood, and Ravinia music festivals with the assistance of local astronomy clubs. Yo-Yo-Ma and the Chicago Symphony or Boston Symphony Orchestras, the McCoy Tyner Quartet with Ravi Coltrane, Esperanza Spalding, Phish, Blood Sweat & Tears, Deep Purple, Patti Smith, Tony Orlando, and Wilco have performed at these concerts.
The Amateur Observers' Society of New York is a partner with this program and has telscope viewing in July and August at the Jones Beach Nature Center and at Sagamore Hill National Historic Monument, Oyster Bay, NY. For info visit www.aosny.org.