The American Museum of Natural History Presents New Events in February - Asteroids, Sleepovers & More!

AMERICAN MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY FEBRUARY 2014 PUBLIC PROGRAMS

Asteroids: Earth's Nearest Neighbors with Amy Mainzer

Monday, February 3, at 7:30 pm

Hayden Planetarium

Space Theater

$15 ($13.50 students, seniors)

$12 for Members

Asteroids have interacted with Earth in the past and are certain to do so in the future. In this talk, we will explore the origins and evolution of the smallest bodies in our solar system as well as what has recently been learned about their orbital and physical properties. Recent advances in ground- and space-based astronomy have yielded new estimates of their numbers, orbits, sizes, and compositions. Systems to discover, track, characterize, and predict potential impacts from Earth's nearest neighbors will be discussed.

Support for Hayden Planetarium Programs is provided by the Schaffner Family.

SciCafe: Reconnaissance of Other Solar Systems

Wednesday, February 5

Doors open at 6:30 pm
Program begins at 7 pm
Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis
Free
with cash bar
21+ with ID
Enter at 77th Street
An advanced telescopic imaging system that started taking data this year is the first of its kind capable of not only spotting planets orbiting other stars, but also analyzing the chemistry of their atmospheres. The collaborative set of high-tech instrumentation and software, called Project 1640, is now operating on the Hale telescope at the Palomar Observatory in California after more than six years of development. Join Curator and Chair of the Astrophysics Department Ben R. Oppenheimer, as he discusses the first remote reconnaissance of another solar system.

The SciCafe Series is proudly sponsored by Judy and Josh Weston.

A Night at the Museum Sleepover

Friday, February 7 (Boy Scout Night)

Saturday, February (Girl Scout Night)
$125
per person
Visit amnh.org/sleepovers for available dates and further details including pricing for Scout nights.
Break out your sleeping bags and experience the Museum like never before. During A Night at the Museum, the Museum's popular sleepover program, guests will the Spitzer Hall of Human Origins, Cullman Hall of the Universe, and the Hall of Saurischian Dinosaurs, where they will find T. rex. Then, participants will settle down beneath the 94-foot-long blue whale in the Milstein Hall of Ocean Life, around the African elephants in the Akeley Hall of African Mammals, or at the base of a volcano in the Gottesman Hall of Planet Earth. This unique after-hours program will thrill kids ages 6 to 13 and their caregivers.

Give Your Voice: Honor Black History

Saturday, February 8, from noon to 5 pm

Free for Members or with Museum Admission
Back in 1926 when Dr. Carter G. Woodson organized a weeklong celebration of African-American contributions to the history of the United States, he probably never envisioned just how his idea would blossom. Today, Americans of all ethnicities recognize the month of February as a time to honor the bountiful legacy of Black history. Jumpstarting the Museum's annual Black History celebration is the ever-popular mancala game-playing sessions in the Hall of African Peoples with mancala scholar Alex de Voogt, assistant curator, Division of Anthropology. Hosted by television journalist and fashion model Gail O'Neill, the Museum's celebration features brilliant artists whose unique voices are helping to define some of this country's most dynamic cultural expressions: Camille A. Brown & Dancers; composer-pianist Samora Abayomi Pinderhughes; the award-winning Young People's Chorus of New York City withFrancisco J. Núñez, Artistic Director/Founder, The New Orleans Swamp Donkeys Traditional Jass Band; and returning favorites NEA Jazz Master Delfeayo Marsalis with special guest Darryl "DMC" McDan­iels of the multi-platinum hip-hop group Run-DMC.

Support for Global Weekends is provided, in part, by the Sidney, Milton and Leoma Simon Foundation, the May and Samuel Rudin Family Foundation, Inc., the family of Frederick H. Leonhardt, and the Weinig Foundation.




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