Who are we? We find that we live on an insignificant planet of a humdrum star lost in a galaxy tucked away in some forgotten corner of a universe in which there are far more galaxies than people

— Carl Sagan

Astronomy Day

Event Date: 
Sat, 05/20/2023 - 12:00pm - 10:30pm

Join Us for Astronomy Day at the Trailside Nature and Science Center

webb space telescopeWe’re excited to invite you to join us for an amazing FREE day of exploration and discovery at the Trailside Nature and Science Center in Mountainside, NJ. On May 20th, Astronomy Day will be held in association with the Union County Board of County Commissioners, presented by AAI Amateur Astronomers Inc. and the North Jersey Astronomical Group.

The day is packed with activities for the whole family, including children’s activities, solar observing, a scavenger hunt, and light spectrum fun. We’ll also have presentations on the James Webb Telescope at 12:30 pm and the OSIRIS Rex Mission at 2:00 pm.

In the evening, head to the William M. Sperry Observatory at Union College in Cranford for a presentation on the James Webb Telescope by Kevin Conod. We’ll have observing on two of the largest public telescopes in the Northeast, and you’ll have the chance to see the wonders of the night sky up close.

This event is open to the public and free to attend, so bring your family and friends and join us for an exciting day of exploration and discovery. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn about astronomy and the mysteries of the night sky.

For more information, please visit the AAI  website at www.asterism.org or the Trailside Nature and Science Center website at www.ucnj.org/trailside. We look forward to seeing you there!

Trailside Nature and Science Center is located in the Watchung Reservation, 452 New Providence Road, Mountainside, NJ 07092. Sperry Observatory is located at Union College, 1033 Springfield Ave, Cranford, NJ 07016.