As part of the 2023 Rochester Fringe Festival’s Fringe Finale Weekend, the RMSC will present AstroFringe: A Celestial Stargazing Experience at Parcel 5 on Friday, September 22 and Saturday, September 23, from 6 to 10 pm. Each evening, this community adventure in astronomy will feature as many telescopes as we can fit, each staffed with a well-informed volunteer who will focus on planets including the Moon, Jupiter, Saturn, and other mysterious celestial objects for the participants’ viewing pleasure.
The volunteers who will provide the telescopes and serve as guides are members of the RMSC Community Eclipse Ambassadors and the Astronomy Section of the Rochester Academy of Science, along with RMSC staff members. These professional and amateur astronomers will bring the stars and planets into focus, with close-up views most people have never had available to them before and can only imagine
In addition, the RMSC team will have on hand a scale model of part of the Earth’s solar system, including a 10-foot-diameter Sun and a proportional Earth, to help attendees understand the vast difference in the size of these two members of the solar system. Attendees can look through a table-sized pair of solar viewing sunglasses to look at the Sun safely, and take home a free pair of special, normal-sized solar eclipse viewing glasses to use when the Total Solar Eclipse passes over Rochester.
This family-friendly event is free at the Fringe Festival.