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International Observe the Moon Night

Ruth Patrick Science Education Center

About International Observe the Moon Night

Join us for a fun evening of learning about our nearest neighbor in space on September 26, 2020 from 6:00 - 10:00 pm!

We will also have an unveiling of the Hubble 30th Anniversary Image. There are free 8X10 glossy images for the first 100 people attending the event.



Man on Moon

Sponsored by the Astronomy Club of AugustaDuPont Planetarium, and the University of South Carolina Aiken. Members of the Astronomy Club of Augusta will have telescopes available for COVID-safe viewing from 7:00 - 10:00 pm. The Bechtel Telescope in the RPSEC Observatory will be available for COVID-safe viewing from 7:30 - 10:00 pm. The following COVID-19 safety measures will be in place:

  • Guests must wear face coverings.
  • Guests must maintain 6-foot separation between family groups.
  • Guests must maintain 6-foot separation from telescopes. Telescope viewing will be projected.

Hubble 30th Anniversary Image: The DuPont Planetarium was selected as one of the official unveiling sites for this amazing image taken by the Hubble Space Telescope. This Hubble 30th anniversary image, nicknamed the “Cosmic Reef” because of its resemblance to an underwater world, shows how young, energetic, massive stars illuminate and sculpt their birthplace with powerful winds and searing ultraviolet radiation. There are free 8X10 Glossy images for the first 100 people attending the event.

For more information, please visit the Hubble 30th anniversary website

Hubble image 

Planetarium shows will be hosted at the following times: 

  • 6:00 pm - Magic Tree House: Space Mission
  • 7:00 pm - Seven Wonders
  • 8:00 pm - To the Moon and Beyond
  • 9:00 pm - To the Moon and Beyond

About the Planetarium Shows

Show Details

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Magic Tree House: Space Mission 

Travel with brother-sister duo, Jack and Annie, in their Magic Tree House as they discover a note that asks them to answer six questions about space. With the help of an astronomer, the Internet, an astronaut, books and the writer of the mysterious note, Jack and Annie go on a wondrous journey of adventure and learning. This beautifully produced show is based on the beloved Magic Tree House book series.

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Seven Wonders 

Travel back thousands of years in time and witness spectacular marvels of the ancient world. Explore the Great Pyramid, stand in the shadow of the towering Colossus and experience the rest of the world's phenomenal SEVEN WONDERS. We will investigate the social forces and technologies leading to the creation of these incredible antiquities and glimpse other sensational spectacles of the universe. This show won four Telly Awards and is narrated by Sean Bean of The Lord of the Rings films.

Sponsored by Dr. Rose Lee Hayes & Family

Moon and Beyond program

To the Moon and Beyond

Experience the exciting adventures of Apollo astronauts on the Moon with young Carol and her dad. Learn what prompted the Race to the Moon, and become better acquainted with the attributes of Earth's natural satellite. Then, discover how NASA plans to send humans back to the Moon, Mars, and beyond! You may be inspired to join this quest! This program features the voices of Mary Morrison of WJBF in Augusta, GA (narrator), Tony Baughman of WKSK 92.7 FM (Dad), Moriah Melvin (young Carol), and Laura Melvin (Dr. Carol Bradford). This show was created for our Digistar II system. We have been very pleased with this show and keep it in our listing for archival purposes.

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