My Sky Exhibit opens at Providence Children's Museum

My Sky Exhibit Opens at Providence Children's Museum

Discover a traveling exhibit exploring the universe June 8 through Labor Day

PROVIDENCE, RI
– From June 8 through September 7, Providence Children's Museum hosts My Sky, an immersive traveling exhibit that encourages families to look up and be inspired by the wonders of the universe.  Produced by Boston Children's Museum in collaboration with Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory and NASA, My Sky invites families to investigate the sun, moon and stars together as they:

•    Gaze through a telescope to see stars and planets in their real-time positions in the sky.

•    Examine real footage of the nearest star, and see solar events like flares, eclipses, solar tornadoes and more in a movie of the sun.

•    Explore the phases of the moon by manipulating a mechanical model. 

•    Find familiar constellations and invent new ones.

•    Discover the twinkling night sky in a large darkened dome.

•    Sit around a campfire and crawl inside a tent to tell stories and hear music inspired by the sky.

•    Watch the sun setting and the moon rising, and find planets, constellations and more in a 24-hour time lapse of the sky.

•    Meet scientists, artists and others who are inspired by the sky above.

Designed to engage children ages 5 to 10 and their adults in interactive explorations of objects and phenomena visible in the sky, the exhibit gives caregivers an opportunity to help children practice foundational science skills such as observing, noticing patterns, predicting, estimating and thinking creatively – skills that are fundamental to astronomy and STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) thinking, and that scientists and engineers use every day.

The Museum hosts an opening celebration of My Sky on Friday, June 12 from 5:30 - 7:30 PM.  Meet astronomers from Brown University Science Outreach and experiment with solar telescopes, see models of asteroids, and create your own constellations.  At 6:00 PM, hear storyteller Thawn Sherente Harris share traditional tales about the sky, sun and stars from his Narragansett culture.  Museum admission is free on June 12 from 5:00 - 8:00 PM for MetLife Family Friday, sponsored by MetLife Foundation.

Inspired by the exhibit, families will try other activities related to the exhibit and astronomy all summer long.  Exhibit and related activities are free with $9.00 Museum admission.  Visit www.ChildrenMuseum.org for calendar of activities.

My Sky was produced by Boston Children's Museum in collaboration with Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory and NASA; sponsored in Providence by June Rockwell Levy Foundation.

(release from Providence Children's Museum)