Doors open at 6:30 PM.
Sir William Herschel visits the Discovery Center, as re-enacted by Discovery Center Educator, R.P. Hale, in this multi-media presentation of his life and times, using visual imagery, harpsichord and dulcimer. A few of Herschel's accomplishments included the discovery the planet Uranus and several moons of Saturn, infrared radiation, and the nature of our own Galaxy as an "island universe." With his sister Caroline, the first professional woman astronomer, he built the world's then largest telescope and found that the Sun orbits within our Galaxy. His music was admired by Mozart, and Haydn's "Creation Symphony" was inspired by his own observation through Herschel's Great Telescope. Mr. Hale will perform music written by Herschel on period instruments, and he will begin the evening by presenting an 18th-century version of "Tonight's Sky."
Doors close at 9:30 PM.
The all-inclusive price for Super Stellar Friday at the Discovery Center is $11.50 for adults, $10.50 for students and seniors, $8.50 for children 12 and under, and free for members. Pending clear skies, our observatory will be open and members of the NH Astronomical Society will be outside the Discovery Center with telescopes pointed to the sky, ready to share their knowledge and views from their telescopes for free.