The Adirondack Sky Center, formerly known as the Adirondack Public Observatory, is set to host an Open House on Friday, August 10th, from 3 to 5 pm at its property at 178 Big Wolf Road, to share its plans for the AstroScience Center museum and planetarium. The outlines of the new Center will be staked out on the grounds so that visitors can picture themselves in the Planetarium, Exhibit Hall, and other spaces planned for the museum.
Following the Open House, Jeffrey Miller of St. Lawrence University is set to give a lecture at Tupper Lake High School, at 7 pm, and free stargazing at the Observatory, beginning 30 minutes or so after sundown (around 9 pm), with a guided discussion and telescope viewing of unique Adirondack night sky.
Located near Tupper Lake, the Adirondack Sky Center benefits from some of darkest skies and the most pristine atmosphere east of the Mississippi River. Interest from across the U.S. has spurred the organization to establish a permanent center for astronomy and space science, the AstroScience Center, at the site. Complementing The Wild Center natural history museum, the ASC’s AstroScience Center will focus on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) learning in the region, and strengthening Tupper Lake’s appeal as a destination.
ASC completed a Roll-off Rooftop Observatory (RORO) in 2012, where stargazing takes place year-round and ASC is currently developing the AstroScience Center, and a Research Telescope building. ASC’s plans for the Center include day-time events, including a modern Planetarium with room-edge projectors and all-seating viewing, a lecture hall, and an interactive classroom, for self-guided hands-on activities. The building is expected to be 14,000 sf of public space, with an additional 3,000 sf of space in the basement.
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Photo of Proposed Astro-Science Center Plans provided.