Discover the nature of your universe and celebrate National Astronomy Day with the Cleveland Museum of Natural History, this weekend!

Saturday Apr 21 is National Astronomy Day and you are invited to celebrate at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History (1 Wade Oval Drive Cleveland) from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Learn more about the final frontier on this fun-filled day of cosmological exploration. Visit Ralph Mueller Observatory and take a look through its 10½-inch refracting telescope, aimed at Venus for daytime viewing, weather permitting. For an additional $5/ticket, see a planetarium show presented by an astronomer.

Touch and learn about meteorites that have fallen from outer space. Find out about the composition of Earth’s closest celestial neighbor with the help of a moon globe, moon maps and samples of the two major lunar rock types, basalt and anorthosite.

Kids can participate in a variety of games and activities, including out-of-this-world imaginative play with an astronaut play station and a planet craft.

Local astronomy clubs will be on site to share the wonders of the sky with specially outfitted telescopes for safe solar viewing, weather permitting. The club members will also have an assortment of other telescopes and astronomical photographs, and answer questions about amateur astronomy.

Astronomy Day is included with the cost of general admission, which is $15 for adults, $12 for youth and senior citizens. Members get in free! Tickets can be purchased online at https://account.cmnh.org/auxiliary/Reserve.aspx?p=20152.

For more information on this event, visit https://www.cmnh.org/astronomyday.

Take a trip through the cosmos this weekend at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History!

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