No Longer Stuck in the Suburbs: Visit Philadelphia… Or Outer Space?

In my last post, we came across a major breakthrough.. Are you ready for this? Okay, here it is:

TRANSPORTATION EXISTS!!

Yes, it’s true! Cars are a thing now, and so we have the ability to, well… go places.

Last time, we talked about Delaware and all the great, fun, cheap, things to do there. For this post I’d like to focus on another out-of-state destination. Just like Delaware, this destination too lies around the corner. It’s Philadelphia.

I’m sure that you’re already aware of the crazy amount of things to do in Philly. I mean let’s be real, the place is packed with cafes, music venues, parks, stores, bars, and so so much more! However, we often forget that Philly is also home to some pretty incredible museums. If you deem museums as “boring” or “expensive”, leave this blog right now. JUST KIDDING but I do ask that you think again, homie!

This past week I had the pleasure of attending an extremely cool event at the Franklin Institute. It was called “Night Skies in the Observatory“. It’s basically an astronomy night! The place was completely filled with people, a majority of them being college students. This is probably because the event only costs $5.00. Yep, that’s right. The price I pay for a single drink at starbucks got me into an event where I got to explore an entire museum, look through multiple telescopes on a city rooftop, and  listen to a guest speaker (follow him on twitter!), who holds a Ph.D. in cosmology and astrophysics. Rad.

Check out these pics from my experience:

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Real photo of the moon I was able to take through the telescope!

 

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Taken from the observatory deck.

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This view was lovely…
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& of course, my inner 1st grader had to visit the giant heart. It was harder to fit inside there this time though…

So have I sold you yet? If so, keep reading! Below are the dates for the upcoming Night Skies events. Turns out they happen on a monthly basis. Woo!

 

April 14th : 7 – 10p.m. – Amazing Telescopes! In the Planetarium: Dr. James Aguirre; Seeing the Invisible – Science and Technology of Radio Astronomy

May 12th : 7 – 10 p.m. – History of American Planetariums. In the Planetarium: Prof. Mark Trodden

June 9th : 7 – 10 p.m. – Worldwide Stories of the Night Sky; In the Planetarium: Ashley Baker

(This information was taken from The Franklin Institute official website)

Bottom line: Philadelphia is cool. Outer Space is cool. Five dollars is cool. Go to astronomy night!!!!

 

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