Neil Armstrong Planetarium

Neil Armstrong Planetarium The Neil Armstrong Planetarium at Altoona Area High School hosts high school Astronomy classes and public and private sky shows- come "Inside Outer Space!"
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The Neil Armstrong Planetarium at Altoona Area High School (AAHS) is an active part of the Altoona and wider Blair County community. During the school day, approximately 150 high school students are educated in the Planetarium's 2 year-long Academic Astronomy classes (level 3) an 3 semester-long Astronomy classes (level 2). Astronomy is an elective at AAHS, but does count for science credits for participating students. Elementary school groups often visit the Planetarium in the afternoon, particularly students from nearby Penn-Lincoln Elementary, who all make the short walk to the Planetarium with their teachers 3x per year. The Planetarium has hosted groups from every public elementary school in Altoona, as well as Parochial and homeschool groups. A typical evening may see the Planetarium play host to a birthday party, visiting Cub Scout, Boy Scout, Brownies, or Girl Scout group, private sky show, or even a night of our new Adult Night Sky Study course! The Planetarium has truly become a cross-curricular facility, with interactive modules designed for mythology, history, English, and environmental sciences classes. We are expanding our community partnerships, and have worked with the Altoona Public Library, Quaint Corner Children's Museum, Fort Roberdeau, Indian Caverns, and the Church in the Middle of the Block community center. So come visit the Planetarium! There's always something to explore "Inside Outer Space!"

Mission: Our mission is to promote the science and history of astronomy, and a better understanding of our place in the Cosmos, to students and guests alike!

Operating as usual

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12/25/2020

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Not bound beneath our ever-present blanket of Central PA clouds, former AAHS teacher Amy Russell snapped this shots of t...
12/22/2020

Not bound beneath our ever-present blanket of Central PA clouds, former AAHS teacher Amy Russell snapped this shots of the conjunction from her boat in Key Largo, FL!

It looks like you can even see some separation between the planets in her closeups. Thanks for letting us live vicariously through you, Amy! 🪐 🔭 ⛵️

So sorry friends! Due to a nasty weather forecast, in-person viewing of tonight’s epic conjunction at the Mt. Lion Obser...
12/21/2020

So sorry friends! Due to a nasty weather forecast, in-person viewing of tonight’s epic conjunction at the Mt. Lion Observatory is canceled 😞

But check out the super-cute Google Doodle today, and keep an eye online for live sky feeds of the event from around the world!

https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/alien-hunters-discover-mysterious-signal-from-proxima-centauri/?fbclid=IwAR0A...
12/19/2020
Alien Hunters Discover Mysterious Signal from Proxima Centauri

https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/alien-hunters-discover-mysterious-signal-from-proxima-centauri/?fbclid=IwAR0AmewB5UcF09XeZPYUGucj78eyVpr6CTYkbk1S8a96AkcaVle5L_Xb17Y

This seems promising! And if not Proxima, Alpha Centauri A and B are even more sunlike! (It is 2020, after all!) #SETI 👽 👽 👽

Strange radio transmissions appear to be coming from our nearest star system; now scientists are trying to work out what is sending them

You aren’t bound to a tiny screen for our holiday sky show. Our 6:00 guests are getting very creative! Here, Planetarium...
12/18/2020

You aren’t bound to a tiny screen for our holiday sky show. Our 6:00 guests are getting very creative! Here, Planetarium All-Star and all-around swell guy Mike Kess ling streamed it to his home theater screen, which is *almost* as big as our Planetarium dome.

His son Dylan insisted on popcorn, to complete the Planetarium experience. 🍿 🍿 🍿

Oh wow it’s really working! The 1st virtual sky show in Planetarium history is underway! #SeasonOfLight #aahsastronomy
12/18/2020

Oh wow it’s really working! The 1st virtual sky show in Planetarium history is underway! #SeasonOfLight #aahsastronomy

Oh yeah! Only a few hours until showtime! Start a fire on the hearth, pop open your favorite bottle of sparkling cider, ...
12/18/2020

Oh yeah! Only a few hours until showtime! Start a fire on the hearth, pop open your favorite bottle of sparkling cider, and snuggle down with your loved ones for our virtual “Season of Light” holiday sky show. 🎄 🔥 🥂 🎁

Please join us for our virtual Holiday Sky Show Friday night at 6:00, 7:00, or 8:00PM! #aahsastronomy
12/17/2020

Please join us for our virtual Holiday Sky Show Friday night at 6:00, 7:00, or 8:00PM! #aahsastronomy

When our old lobby doors were replaced, we also lost our awesome entry decals with them. No fear! Thanks to Image Signs,...
12/14/2020

When our old lobby doors were replaced, we also lost our awesome entry decals with them. No fear! Thanks to Image Signs, they are back and better than ever!

Special shout out to owner Suzy and assistant Austin, who expertly installed them today, and our amazing graphic designer Eric Beeler, who has a hand in most of our artwork!

Photos from Neil Armstrong Planetarium's post
12/11/2020

Photos from Neil Armstrong Planetarium's post

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/weird-news/former-israeli-space-security-chief-says-extraterrestrials-exist-trump-knows-n12...
12/09/2020
Former Israeli space chief says aliens exist, and Trump knows about it

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/weird-news/former-israeli-space-security-chief-says-extraterrestrials-exist-trump-knows-n1250333

Look out. This official becomes at least the 2nd- along with former Canadian Minister of Defense Paul Hellyer- to admit that not only do extraterrestrials exist, but they have been interacting with Earth for a long time.

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A "galactic federation" has been waiting for humans to "reach a stage where we will understand... what space and spaceships are," Haim Eshed said.

https://weather.com/news/news/2020-12-01-arecibo-observatory-radio-telescope-collapses?fbclid=IwAR2CVEoy_nnvZFT7T6QG3nc1...
12/01/2020
Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico Collapses Weeks After Suffering Major Damage | The Weather Channel - Articles from The Weather Channel | weather.com

https://weather.com/news/news/2020-12-01-arecibo-observatory-radio-telescope-collapses?fbclid=IwAR2CVEoy_nnvZFT7T6QG3nc1F6LCj5Kt88CuwXw3SZh0vxhnq34XdkFX0d0

RIP Arecibo. Thanks to my students and colleague Damian Branas for sending this my way. 👽 📻

Two cables snapped on the huge radio telescope in Puerto Rico earlier this year, forcing it to close. - Articles from The Weather Channel | weather.com

Yassssssssss. Figured out a way using a fisheye camera lens attachment to show the majority of our dome for sky shows wh...
12/01/2020

Yassssssssss. Figured out a way using a fisheye camera lens attachment to show the majority of our dome for sky shows while our students are virtual!

We will not be denied our Astronomy! Take that, Covid! ✨ 🔭

https://fb.watch/25eKAPs380/Episode #152 of @ericmckennaofficial is live! We start on the spooky “Legend of Nibiru”, and...
11/30/2020

https://fb.watch/25eKAPs380/

Episode #152 of @ericmckennaofficial is live! We start on the spooky “Legend of Nibiru”, and then go all over the place. Check it out! 🛸 👽 @julie.winters7 @fredofdethofficial @fredkowalophotography

Unfortunately Planetarium friends and patrons, we have some sad news to share about our Apollo 21 project, begun nearly ...
11/24/2020

Unfortunately Planetarium friends and patrons, we have some sad news to share about our Apollo 21 project, begun nearly two years ago.

The attached letter shares with you why the capsule is not currently displayed outside of the Neil Armstrong Planetarium- an arrival the public has been anticipating for some time. Our administration has been amazing, and is supportive of our efforts to share this with you.

Thank you for all of your kindness and support over the years. Many more adventures lay ahead!

I like this. 🚀 🌙 🇺🇸 #Apollo12
11/18/2020

I like this. 🚀 🌙 🇺🇸 #Apollo12

Planetarium community service worker Adrianna K. will be helping us out on Mondays and Fridays this year. She made an im...
11/16/2020

Planetarium community service worker Adrianna K. will be helping us out on Mondays and Fridays this year. She made an immediate splash organizing vintage Space Race newspapers patrons were generous enough to donate. Go Adrianna go! 💥 🚀 🇺🇸

UFO Expo 2020: Be there! 🛸 👽
11/15/2020

UFO Expo 2020: Be there! 🛸 👽

Getting into the season! #HarvestTime #Thanksgiving #aahsastronomy
11/13/2020

Getting into the season! #HarvestTime #Thanksgiving #aahsastronomy

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11/11/2020

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11/09/2020

It’s good to be back! #Enya #SpitzSciDome #aahsastronomy

Ooh. I like the direction AAHS is going in the newly-renovated Field House lobby. #MoreMars
11/09/2020

Ooh. I like the direction AAHS is going in the newly-renovated Field House lobby. #MoreMars

I commissioned local artist Samuel Dietze to paint the landscape surrounding the Mt. Lion Observatory, and he delivered!...
11/08/2020

I commissioned local artist Samuel Dietze to paint the landscape surrounding the Mt. Lion Observatory, and he delivered! Sam rises above vision challenges to see the world with eyes unlike anyone I know.

His painting will be displayed in White Oak Hall for years to come! Thank you Sam. 🎨 ❤️

Despite the weather, nearly 200 guests attended our “Choose Your Own Halloween Adventure” and Denny Ivory Memorial Trick...
11/04/2020

Despite the weather, nearly 200 guests attended our “Choose Your Own Halloween Adventure” and Denny Ivory Memorial Trick-or-Treat Night on Friday! Many thanks to John Gardner for his professional pictures.

Thank you all for a wonderful Mt. Lion Observatory season, and we’ll see you sometime this spring! ✨ 🔭 🎃

Neil Armstrong Planetarium
10/31/2020

Neil Armstrong Planetarium

Neil Armstrong Planetarium
10/31/2020

Neil Armstrong Planetarium

Our awesome volunteers overcame the weather to put on a great show for the public, as we Chose Our Own Halloween Adventu...
10/31/2020

Our awesome volunteers overcame the weather to put on a great show for the public, as we Chose Our Own Halloween Adventure! #aahsastronomy

The skies are clearing just in time! Join tonight for Denny Ivory Memorial Trick or Treat and Choose Your Own Halloween ...
10/30/2020

The skies are clearing just in time! Join tonight for Denny Ivory Memorial Trick or Treat and Choose Your Own Halloween Adventure! Tickets are $5 and available at the door at Fort Roberdeau!

If this couldn’t be more perfect, we will have Astronomers from the SETI (Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence) Inst...
10/29/2020

If this couldn’t be more perfect, we will have Astronomers from the SETI (Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence) Institute present for our “Choose Your Own Halloween Adventure” night this Friday at Fort Roberdeau!

It’s not too late to buy tickets at the Altoona Area Public Library- especially if Trick or Treat is a wash tonight. Blair Candy’s generous donation will make the 1st Annual Denny Ivory Memorial Trick-or-Treat Night fantastic! #aahsastronomy

Looks like rainy weather for Trick-or-Treat night...Bring your kids tomorrow night to Fort Roberdeau for the Denny Ivory...
10/29/2020

Looks like rainy weather for Trick-or-Treat night...

Bring your kids tomorrow night to Fort Roberdeau for the Denny Ivory Memorial Trick-or Treat Night! Followed by Choose Your Own Adventure stories - learn about UFOs, Bigfoot, or local folk legends; and night sky viewing. The weather looks to clear up tomorrow for some great conditions!

Tickets are still available at the Altoona Area Public Library for only $5!

Neil Armstrong Planetarium's cover photo
10/29/2020

Neil Armstrong Planetarium's cover photo

Event map for next Friday’s “Choose Your Own Halloween Adventure”, and Denny Ivory Memorial Trick-or-Treat Night, courte...
10/24/2020

Event map for next Friday’s “Choose Your Own Halloween Adventure”, and Denny Ivory Memorial Trick-or-Treat Night, courtesy of the Fort’s Karen Morrow. Great job, Karen!

Treat Yo’ Self week comes to a close!#HoustonAstros #Apollo11 #EagleHasLanded #treatyoself
10/22/2020

Treat Yo’ Self week comes to a close!

#HoustonAstros #Apollo11 #EagleHasLanded #treatyoself

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We were just at the showing, and the gentleman who did the presentation suggest we speak to "Tom" about purchasing a telescope from one of his class members, that they no longer use. Can anyone point me to Tom? We didnt get to stand in line to see him.
My dad lives in Maine and took this pic. I figured I would share it here for you. He may not think it's a good pic, but I feel it's pretty good.
I was wondering if your boilerplate is on this list.
Even though the Moon was so bright, we tried to catch a glimpse of the Perseids Meteor Shower last night. The highlight was that we saw an amazing fireball that left a long bright trail in the sky. The trail remaind long enough in the sky to be able to point it out to others! It was somewhere between 1:20am and 1:45am Sunday night into Monday. Did anyone else see it??? Thanks to all of you and your programs at the Planetarium and Observatiory our 11 year old and 5 year year old boys have shown great interest in the night sky!
Will there be any events to watch the Perseids meteor shower on it's peak nights of Aug 11-12 & 12-13? (maybe better show 12-13)
Hello everyone I will be hosting a live Open House meet and greet to help Home Educators, Military members and Missionaries share ideas, teach, keep in touch, etc. The live chat rooms/presentation rooms hold up to 500 participants. Please let me know if you would like to join.
My friend, Karen, wants to come to a sky show with her kids. When is the next one?
when is your next public sky show?
I loved going to the planetarium when I was a student.
Wanted to give a shout out to Mr. James Krug, the parties involved at Fort Roberdeau Historical Site, the AASD students, and the other friends, volunteers, and support personnel that help make the “Haunted Tours” possible! The event was a blast, and was done quite professionally “scares, screams, and scenes” but (no physical contact)-professional! Again thank you to everyone involved, you (pl.) should be proud of yourselves for putting on such a great event! -Justin Cooney (2006 AASD Alumni)
Hello, am enquiring to know: Is Mr Neil Armstrong still alive? Pls extend my well wishes to him