Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History Welcomes Visitors for Annual AstroVaganza Celebration on Sept. 9

Astronomy enthusiasts of all ages are in for a treat that’s out of this world as the 7th annual AstroVaganza celebration returns to the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History on Saturday, September 9th.

Exciting space-related activities are scheduled throughout the day, as Museum visitors will get the opportunity to explore the makeup of comets, create and launch their own space gliders and rockets, learn about telescopes and view solar activity at the Palmer Observatory. One of the highlights of the day will be a special lecture on Interstellar Travel from Las Cumbres Observatory, starting at 1:00 p.m. in Farrand Hall.

Following the daytime activities, a free AstroVaganza Star Party will take place from 7:30 – 10:00 p.m. in the Palmer Observatory. The Museum’s Astronomical Unit will be in attendance to help guests make the most of the experience as they view the night sky through their state-of-the-art telescopes.

“The AstroVaganza celebration is a day we look forward to every year,” said Javier Rivera, Astronomy Programs Manager at the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History. “Our Museum experts are always eager to share their love for Astronomy, and the activities we’ve prepared will give guests a one-of-a-kind outer space experience.” To learn more about the 7th annual AstroVaganza celebration, please visit www.sbnature.org or call (805) 682-4711.

Annual AstroVaganza Celebration

When: Saturday, September 9 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Where: Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History, 2559 Puesta del Sol.

Tickets: Free with paid Museum admission. Adult admission is $12, senior and teen tickets are $8 and $7 for children. Admission is always free for Museum members and for children age 2 and under. Free parking is available at the Museum.

AstroVaganza Star Party

When: Saturday, September 9 from 7:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Where: Palmer Observatory at the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History, 2559 Puesta del Sol.

Tickets: FREE to the public.

About the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History

Founded in 1916, the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History strives to instill a passion for learning and discovery among its patrons. The museum aims to build relationships with the Santa Barbara community as well as encourage members and all visitors to seek a better understanding of the world around them. For more information, call (805) 682-4711 or visit www.sbnature.org.

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