Press Release

Fernbank's Fun Factor Soars Out of this World during Astronomy Weekend on September 22-23

ATLANTA—Fernbank Museum of Natural History is ready for blast-off during its Out of this World: Astronomy Weekend on September 22-23, 2012. Visitors are invited to join the mission to learn about space, astronomy and how scientists research our universe by taking part in hands-on activities and demonstrations.

Activities are appropriate for all ages and will be featured from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. on Sunday. Out of This World: Astronomy Weekend is free for Fernbank Members and included with Museum admission ($15.50-$17.50) for non-members.

Scheduled Activities*:

Science Zone: Space Science Exploration (Offered at select times throughout weekend)
Discover what it means to be an astronaut, explore scale models of the Sun and Earth, learn how cold outer space is with liquid nitrogen, and investigate space through many exciting experiments.

GSU Astronomy 
Talk with real astronomers and explore space themed hands-on activities.

Charlie Bates Solar Astronomy Viewing
Meet local astronomer Stephen Ramsden and explore the only star that can be seen during the daytime, the Sun, using specially made telescopes. (Weather permitting)

Moon Phase Journal
Decorate your Moon Phase Journal and take it home to record what the moon looks like in the sky.

Guess the Constellation
I spy Orion! Test your skills to match the stars you see with the constellation.

Rings Around Saturn
Test your skills to get the rings back around our solar system's fifth planet in this game.

Solar System Bingo
Fly through our solar system and explore astronomical bodies close to us in this game.

*Activities subject to change without notice.

Fernbank Museum of Natural History is located at 767 Clifton Road, NE in Atlanta. Visitor information and tickets are available at or 404.929.6300.  (Please Note: Fernbank Museum of Natural History is not affiliated with Fernbank Science Center and is not located at the same address.)