Music and Astronomy Under the Stars - 2017
Free Astronomy Festival with Stargazing at Outdoor Concerts and Events
Bringing Astronomy to the Public with Activities for Kids of All Ages
Dr. Donald Lubowich, Coordinator of the Astronomy Outreach Program at Hofstra University, will give concertgoers a spectacular glimpse of the heavens. This Hofstra - sponsored program will include solar, optical, and radio telescope observations of the Sun and Moon prior to the concerts and of the Moon, Saturn, Mars, Jupiter, multi-colored double stars, star clusters, and nebulae at intermission and after the events – combined with videos, posters, banners, and hands-on-activities for all ages. The Amateur Observers' Society of New York is a partner with this program and has telscope viewing on Thursdays in July and August at the Jones Beach Nature Center (for info visit www.aosny.org).
2017 Events and Times
- Saturday July 8, 7:00 -10:00 pm; Eisenhower Park, East Meadow, NY;
Harry Chapin Lakeside Theatre, Desert Highway, the Eagles tribute, concert at 8:00 pm.
- Saturday August 5, 6:00 - 10:00 pm; Baldwin Park, Baldwin, NY; Reflections - A Tribute to the Ladies of Motown, concert at 7:30 pm; Baldwin Chamber of Commerce Family Day; fireworks at 9:00 pm.
- Friday August 25, 6:00 - 11:00 pm; Jones Beach State Park, Wantagh, NY; Jones Beach boardwalk bandshell, Central Mall; Tom Schaudel, Pump – A tribute to Aerosmith; concert at 8:00 pm. Rain date: Saturday August 26, The Liverpool Shuffle — A Tribute to The Beatles.
- Saturday October 7, 7:00 – 10:00 pm; Sagamore Hill National Historic Monument, Oyster Bay, NY.
Since 2009, this NASA-funded Music and Astronomy Under the Stars program has brought the stars to 50,000 music lovers at Long Island parks and to the Newport Folk, Tanglewood, and Ravinia music festivals with the assistance of local astronomy clubs. Yo-Yo-Ma and the Chicago Symphony or Boston Symphony Orchestras, the McCoy Tyner Quartet with Ravi Coltrane, Esperanza Spalding, Phish, Blood Sweat & Tears, Deep Purple, Patti Smith, Tony Orlando, and Wilco have performed at these concerts.