Astronomy Day brings space to MSU

Get ready, future astronauts. Astronomy Day 2013 is coming to the Museum of the Rockies on Saturday, April 20 from 1 – 4 p.m. The event will feature a number of space-related exhibits as well as two speakers from the field of astronomy.

At 1:10 p.m., following opening remarks, MSU alumnus Brian Larsen will talk about his role on a NASA mission studying Van Allen radiation belts that surround Earth. He will also talk about space weather and its widespread implications.

Another MSU alumnus, Jaime Waydo, is a mobility engineer on the Mars Curiosity Rover team. At 3 p.m., she will present her lecture, “Curiosity’s Science: What is the Mars Rover Doing, and What Have We Learned?”

Throughout the day, groups such as the Montana Space Grant Consortium and the MSU Optical Technology Center will present hands-on activities and demonstrations, while kids’ activities — including “Make a Mars Volcano Erupt!” — will take place in a separate classroom.