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Teen Science Cafe: Our Vanishing Night

May 20, 2022 @ 5:30 pm 7:00 pm


For generations, everyone experienced the breathtaking beauty of an unspoiled night sky, with views into our universe of thousands of stars and the Milky Way. In this program, you’ll discover how light pollution affects our view of the night sky, find out how to participate in a worldwide citizen-science campaign to document light pollution, and try your hand at designing better streetlights that put light only where it’s needed. Under the planetarium dome, you’ll experience a stunning night sky studded with stars, just as our ancestors did—and as we could too, if we reduced light pollution.

About our speaker: Amy Sayle, PhD, communicates astronomy to the public and tells stories about the stars under the Morehead Planetarium sky, at skywatching events, on night paddles at Jordan Lake, and under dark skies at Bryce Canyon National Park’s annual astronomy festival. She is a founder and coordinator of the North Carolina Science Festival’s annual Statewide Star Party, which features dozens of skywatching events from the NC mountains to the coast on the same weekend in April.  

About Teen Science Cafe: Teen Science Cafe is a monthly event, inviting teens to talk directly with scientists about their work. Designed specifically for ages 13-18, we invite guests to ask questions and participate in interesting discussions. This is a free event and offers an opportunity for socializing before the talk with a mini pizza party. Pizza served outside Morehead Planetarium and Science Center at 5:30 pm. The program will begin at 6:00 pm.

Photo credit: Steve Christensen. Image: Milky Way over Jordan Lake.

Morehead Planetarium and Science Center Science Stage

250 E Franklin St
Chapel Hill, North Carolina 27514 United States
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