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Blast Off for the Summer of Space at the Franklin Institute

Philly's science museum has a solar system of fun activities this summer.

With a total solar eclipse coming up in August, the Franklin Institute has proclaimed this the Summer of Space. The science museum’s summer  programming will feature a wide variety of events, from workshops to movies and more.


The Young Scientists Area, a special space for younger visitors to the museum, will allow young science enthusiasts to learn about astronomy and engineering, with Lego bricks included. The area opens July 5, and will be open weekdays from 9:45 — 2 pm, and Saturday and Sunday from 9:45 — 4:45 pm.


The institute is running two workshops this summer. The first, 3D Printing in Space, is scheduled for July 15 at 11 am. It’s for children 8 and up, and features all the ways 3D printing technology figures in space travel. The second, Make a Spectroscope and an Eclipse Viewer, is set for August 12 at 11 am, to get visitors ready for the eclipse on August 21. The 3D printing workshop is $15 for members and $30 for non-members; the eclipse viewer  workshop is $8 for members and $30 for non-members.


The Summer of Space also includes weekly Space Saturdays, beginning July 8. Each Saturday includes solar observing, demonstrations of “the world’s cheapest space suit” and a live science show called “The Astronomy Show.”


Space-themed movies will be featured throughout the summer at the Institute. These include A Beautiful Planet at the IMAX Theater, The Sky Tonight and To Space & Back at the Planetarium, and Space Next at the Franklin Theater.


The Night Skies in the Observatory nights, hosted by Chief Astronomer Derrick Pitts, will continue throughout the summer, with events scheduled for July 13July 20August 10 and August 24. Tickets are $10 for non-members and $5 for members.


The eclipse itself is the afternoon of August 21; stay tuned for more on the museum’s plans.


For more information, visit the museum’s website.


The Franklin Institute is at 222 N. 20th St., Philadelphia.


Photograph courtesy of the Franklin Institute. 



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