Scheduled Special Events
The Discovery Museum and Planetarium opened its doors in 1962 as the Museum of Art Science and Industry with the strategic intent of emphasizing the synergy of art, science and industry. Without the support of local companies and their employees, the Museum would never have come to fruition. Over the years, your continued generosity has enabled the institution to grow into the regional destination that it has become.
As the Museum opens its doors for the next fifty years, we look to our past for inspiration and renewed partnerships. Upcoming events will showcase the cultural and industrial heritage of our region. Working in collaboration with regional organizations, we will celebrate the richness and diversity of our past as we together generate excitement for our future.
at The Discovery Museum and Planetarium, Saturday, June 7, 6-8PM
How can we know the age of the Universe?
The Discovery Museum and Planetarium will launch its duPont Lecture Series on Saturday, June 7th, from 6 to 8PM with Dr. Michele Limon, speaker and distinguished cosmologist from Columbia University.
The science of cosmology seeks to uncover the secrets of the very early Universe and to understand how the Universe came to be the way it is today. Dr. Limon’s discussion will intrigue astronomy buffs and average stargazers alike, profiling our Universe’s past and evolution to the present by using observations of an ancient light that comes to us from the earliest days in the Universe’s history.
The evening will also showcase the Planetarium’s newest upgrades and state-of-the-art surround sound system, with short Planetarium shows and a Reception for all guests.
The duPont Lecture Series at The Discovery Museum and Planetarium is presented free of charge thanks to the Birkmaier Fund, and is open to the public.
Connecticut’s own Sarah Bouckoms, Science Teacher at Miss Porter’s School in Farmington, will be presented with the Birkmaier Award. Named in honor of Leslie E. Birkmaier – who served as director of the Henry B. duPont III Planetarium at The Discovery Museum for 42 years – the Birkmaier Award is bestowed on individuals in recognition of exemplary contributions to the field of astronomy.
Dr. Michele Limon is a Research Associate at Columbia University, NY. His work has centered around the observation and characterization of the Cosmic Microwave Background radiation (CMB). After completing his studies in Milan, Italy, he moved to UC Berkeley, as a post-doc with Prof. George Smoot, where he conducted observations of the CMB’s spectrum from the South Pole. He then joined the WMAP (Wilkinson Microwave Anisotropy Probe) at Princeton University and NASA/GSFC. Launched in 2001 the WMAP satellite gave us the first detailed map of the CMB’s anisotropy and allowed scientists to determine the precise age of the Universe and its compositions.
Since 2008, Dr. Limon has worked at Columbia University where he continues to study the CMB with observation from Chile and Antarctica.
Promoting the love of science and astronomy from toddlers on up, new Planetarium shows including One World, One Sky: Big Bird’s Great Adventure and Back To The Moon For Good are included with admission to Discovery Museum and Planetarium, open Tuesday through Sunday, 10am to 5pm.
The "Hubble Ultra Deep Field" represents the deepest portrait of the visible universe ever achieved by humankind. This snapshot reveals the first galaxies to emerge from the so-called "dark ages," the time shortly after the big bang when the first stars reheated the cold, dark universe.
Photo Credit: NASA/ESA/S. Beckwith(STScI) and The HUDF Team.
Cultural Heritage Events
Hispanic Heritage Celebration Day
Every year we are privileged to present daytime and evening offerings that bring to the public unique programming that edifies, delights, and delivers a deeper appreciation of the mysteries of the universe, the laws of science, and their impact in our daily lives. Not only do these events feature special and engaging activities for both children and adults, but some serve as valuable fundraisers for Discovery so that we can continue to fulfill our mission, “to engage, excite and educate” in science and technology literacy, one of our nation’s highest educational priorities.
Come join us, and know that your participation is contributing to one of Connecticut's premiere science education institutions. We look forward to welcoming you!