Smithsonian's Stars

Curious about our Solar System, space junk, cosmology, and other wonders of the universe? Come to the Smithsonian's Stars Lectures, a series of presentations by Smithsonian researchers who are exploring the universe and its components through a variety of methods including telescopes, satellites, and theoretical models.

Smithsonian's Stars lectures are suitable for ages 13 and up.

Activities and Lecture Times:
5:15 pm Lecture and Q&A
6:30 pm Astronomical Observing

Lecture Schedule

Objects in Orbit Around Earth

Rubble Trouble: How Space Junk Impacts Astronomy
Presenter: Lisa Ruth Rand, Research Associate, Department of Space History, Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum
Saturday, December 6
5:15 pm
Albert Einstein Planetarium
Museum in Washington, DC
Admission: Free, Tickets Required

SDSS III Image of the Sky

Tracing the Structure of the Universe with Galaxy Surveys
Addressing the Biggest Questions
Presenter: Cameron McBride, Postdoctoral Fellow, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics
Saturday, February 21, 2015
5:15 pm
Albert Einstein Planetarium
Museum in Washington, DC
Admission: Free, Tickets Required