Astronomy Day at the Louisiana Art & Science Museum
The Louisiana Art & Science Museum (LASM) will present “Astronomy Day” on Saturday, April 22, 2023. This family-friendly public program will feature astronomy-themed activities and demonstrations, Irene W. Pennington Planetarium shows, and BASF’s Kids’ Lab hands-on chemistry workshops. A portion of the event’s proceeds will benefit “Light LASM: The Star of BR,” LASM’s campaign to light the historic museum’s exterior in honor of the Irene W. Pennington Planetarium’s 20th anniversary in 2023.
Astronomy Day will begin with Stargazing in the Irene W. Pennington Planetarium at 10 AM, a live, presenter-led weekly program in which “young astronomers” can learn about the seasonal constellations currently viewable in our local nighttime sky, followed by Magic Tree House: Space Mission, a family-friendly show suitable for all ages. Shows in the Irene W. Pennington Planetarium will run every hour on the hour until the museum closes at 5 PM.
In addition to the engaging activities facilitated by the Baton Rouge Astronomical Society, the East Baton Rouge Parish Library, and Home Depot from 10 AM- 2 PM, NASA Solar System Ambassador Linda Gauthier will be available to interact with visitors and to answer questions about the lunar samples from LASM’s collection that will be on display during this event. BASF sponsored Pop-up Science will also feature astronomy-related activities for visitors of all ages throughout the day.