Events

Friday | October 4, 2013

The City Dark |   TC State Theatre   |   6pm – 8:30pm   |   Adult $15    Student $5
We are featuring the EMMY-nominated film The City Dark: A Search for Night on a Planet that Never Sleeps at the beautifully restored Traverse City State Theatre. The science documentary explores the loss of darkness at night and how ever-brighter night skies affect life on the planet … from plants and sea turtles to humans.  Before the film begins, Dr. Jerry Dobek, the director of Joseph H. Rogers Observatory and an instructor at Northwestern Michigan College (and a Royal Astronomical Society Fellow) will give the audience a tour of his summer night-sky replica on the theater’s ceiling. Mary Stewart Adams, program director of the International Dark Sky Park at the Headlands in northern Michigan, will also address the audience. The State Theatre is located at 233 E. Front Street in downtown Traverse City.
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Launch Party   |    ECCO Event Space, Front Row Centre Building  |    9:00pm - 10:30pm   |   Admission $25
The Midwest Space Fest will host a kick-off party for festival sponsors, board members, community leaders, distinguished guests of the festival and a limited number of ticket-holders. This is an opportunity for Student Ambassadors to meet major supporters and guests of the MIDWEST Space Fest, including our keynote presenter, Dr. Alex Filippenko, and to celebrate the festival’s opening night and inaugural year.  The event space is located on the lower level (accessible by elevator or stairs) in the Front Row Centre Building, 121 E. Front Street, T.C.  Ticket quantities are limited.
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Saturday | October 5, 2013

Open Space Waterfront Park & ECCO Event Space, Front Row Centre Building  |   10am – 5pm   |   FREE
Weather permitting, the waterfront Open Space park will be visited by several local and state astronomy clubs, storytellers, organizations and MSU Science Theatre group.  Following Dr. Filippenko’s presentation, ECCO Event Space will feature exhibits from NASA, the National Superconducting Cyclotron Laboratory at MSU, the International Dark Sky Park, the Outdoor Lighting Forum and much more.  ECCO Event Space is located in the lower level of the Front Row Centre Building, 121 E. Front St., T.C., and is accessible by elevator or stairs.  The Open Space waterfront park can be found at 101 W. Grandview Parkway, a.k.a. US-31, at the corner of Union Street, opposite the Traverse City Visitors Center.

Dr. Alex Filippenko   |   11am – 12:30pm   |   ECCO Event Space  |  Adult $25   Student $15
Dr. Filippenko will be presenting his fascinating “Dark Energy and the Runaway Universe” and will conduct a Q&A session with the audience. ECCO Event Space is located at 121 East Front St., in the Front Row Centre Building’s garden (lower) level, accessible by elevator or stairs.
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Star Party   |   7pm – 10pm   |   Open Space  |   FREE
We’re offering a fun and free event to tour the night sky and view planets and other celestial objects through telescopes conducted by groups of amateur astronomers. Dr. Jerry Dobek of Northwestern Michigan College and Mary Stewart Adams of the International Dark Sky Park at the Headlands will be doing outreach activities with the community throughout the evening. Community members and astronomy clubs are welcome to bring along their own telescopes or enjoy viewing through others! The Star Party will close the festival for 2013.  The Open Space waterfront park is located at 101 W. Grandview Parkway (a.k.a. US-31), at Union Street, across from the Traverse City Visitors Center.