The Museum, in partnership with the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory and the National Museum of Natural History, established a new annual series of 10 lectures by Smithsonian researchers who are exploring the Sun, the Moon, planets, stars, galaxies, and the universe. The "Smithsonian's Stars" public lectures took place every other Saturday evening, October 2011 through February 2012, and presented research projects conducted by scientists, historians, and educators at the institution.
Each free program included a live planetarium program delivered in part by a Smithsonian expert in the Museum's Albert Einstein Planetarium. Accompanying the planetarium program were relevant hands-on educational activities and, weather permitting, stargazing in the Museum's public observatory.
The Smithsonian's Stars lectures that occurred in 2011 were:
The Smithsonian's Stars Lecture Series is made possible by a grant from NASA.
Photo: An image of the Moon taken from the Galileo spacecraft. The changing face of the Moon was the subject of the Smithsonian's Stars lecture on October 8, 2011.