Astronomy at the Harbor

Astronomy at the Harbor: Baltimore October 14-26, 2011

Maryland Science Center

  • 601 Light Street
  • Baltimore, MD
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The science of the cosmos takes over Baltimore's Inner Harbor in October. Visit the Maryland Science Center for free events focusing on the Hubble Space Telescope and its upcoming successor, the James Webb Space Telescope. See the life-sized Webb model, view a laser art exhibit of Hubble spectrographic data, and talk to the people who work with Hubble and are making Webb a reality.

Maryland plays a key role in the astronomical community. NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt and the Space Telescope Science Institute in Baltimore are centers for the construction, operations and science programs of Hubble and Webb. Join us in our celebration of space telescope scientific achievements, both present-day and those yet to come.

All events are free Harbor Events

Date/Time Event Location
October 14
10:00 a.m. Full Scale Model of JWST opens In front of MD Science Center
8:30 a.m. – 11:00 p.m. "Ask a Scientist" booth In front of model
Children's activity tent Outside tent
5:00 – 5:45 p.m. Meet an Astronaut Outside by model
6:00 p.m. "The People Behind JWST" panel discussion Presentation Room
7:00 p.m. Stargazing event MD Science Center courtyard
7:00 – 11:00 p.m. "From the Distant Past" laser art exhibit MD Science Center façade
October 15
10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. "Ask a Scientist" booth In front of model
Children's activity tent Outside tent
7:00 – 11:00 p.m. "From the Distant Past" laser art exhibit MD Science Center façade
October 16
10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. "Ask a Scientist" booth In front of model
Children's activity tent Outside tent
1:00 – 2:00 p.m. "Telescopes as Time Machines" presentation Outside by model
2:00 – 3:00 p.m. "Science & Engineering of the JWST" presentation Outside by model
7:00 – 11:00 p.m. "From the Distant Past" laser art exhibit MD Science Center façade
October 17
10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. "Ask a Scientist" booth In front of model
Children's activity tent Outside tent
7:00 – 11:00 p.m. "From the Distant Past" laser art exhibit MD Science Center façade
October 18
10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. "Ask a Scientist" booth In front of model
Children's activity tent Outside tent
7:00 – 11:00 p.m. LAST DAY: "From the Distant Past" laser art exhibit MD Science Center façade
October 26
9:45 – 10:15 a.m. Press Conference Outside by model
10:15 – 11:00 a.m. Webb Telescope Exhibit unveiling Inside MD Science Center
10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. LAST DAY: Full Scale Model of JWST In front of MD Science Center

Webb Telescope Full-scale Model

  • October 14 – 26, 2011

The James Webb Space Telescope (JWST), currently under construction, will take exploration of the universe into a new realm. The infrared telescope, with a mirror that stands over two stories high and a sunshield the size of a tennis court, will orbit far beyond the Moon. This is your chance to obtain the true sense of Webb's scale and technological marvels.

Webb Telescope Permanent Exhibit

Ribbon-cutting Ceremony

  • Opens 10 a.m. October 26, 2011

Celebrate Maryland's rising prominence in the scientific and astronomical communities. Senator Barbara Mikulski and Maryland laureates for the Nobel Prize in Physics will gather at the Maryland Science Center to celebrate the opening of the new Webb permanent exhibit.

From the Distant Past

Hubble Data Laser Light Exhibit

  • 7 – 11 p.m. nightly thru October 18, 2011

Green waves of laser light pulse over the façde of the Maryland Science Center. It's not an EKG — its spectrographic data from the cosmos, celestial light dispersed into component colors and captured by the Hubble Space Telescope. This unique art exhibit shows a side of Hubble rarely witnessed by the public.

Visit the exhibit webpage

Event Descriptions

Ask A Scientist
Got a question about space? Our astrophysicists are here to help you answer it.
Children's Activity Tent
Build spacecraft models, play with Legos, create origami and check out an infrared camera, among other activities.
Meet an Astronaut
Discuss life in space with astronauts John Grunsfeld and Leland Melvin.
The People Behind JWST
Learn about the discoveries in store for JWST and the technology that makes them possible. This panel brings together some of the figures responsible for the Webb mission for an in-depth discussion.
Stargazing
Amateur astronomers will bring their telescopes and share views of the stars with the public while scientists speak on Webb's future discoveries.
Telescopes as Time Machines
Looking out in space is like looking back in time. Scientists explain why and how.
Science and Engineering of the JWST
The Webb Telescope's cutting-edge technology and future science are the focus of this discussion.