Free Family Astronomy Field Day

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Saturday, September 16, 2017
1PM - Midnight

Pack your picnic basket, grab a blanket, and bring the whole family to New Jersey's premier site for public astronomy - the UACNJ observatories and lecture hall in Jenny Jump State Forest, Hope, NJ. There will be numerous events throughout the day followed by observing with our telescopes after dark.*

Scheduled Events
1 to 5PMSolar Telescope Observing
Kids' Activities and Prizes
Member Club and Guest Exhibitors
2 to 3PM Lecture: Living on Mars, Karl Hricko, AAI and NWJAA
3:30 to 4:30PM Lecture: Jenny Jump Geology, Mark Zdziarski, NJAG & Joe Molnar, MMAS
4:30 to 5PM Geology Walk with Mark and Joe
5 to 5:30PM Tour of the Observatory (meet outside)
5:30PM Kids' Contest Winners Announced
6 to 7PM Lecture: Astronomy for Kids, Sean Post, NWJAA
7 to 8PM Lecture: Eclipses, Gregg Waldron, NWJAA
Workshop: Outdoor Night Photography (outside)
8 to 9PM Lecture: Galilean Moons, Emily Mailhot, NWJAA
9PM Lidar demo, Gil Jeffer, NWJAA and NJIT
9PM to Midnight Star Party

Additional participants include:

Morris Museum, Zoological Lighting Institute, Jenny Jump State Forest, and our Member Clubs

For more information, please visit, or write to

*Weather Permitting. Alcohol is prohibited at our facilities and in Jenny Jump State Forest. Dogs are welcome but must be leashed at all times.