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Astronomy on the Mall

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The Astronomy Festival on the National Mall (AFNM) is a free public festival that will feature solar, optical, and radio telescope observations; hands-on activities, demonstrations, hand-outs, posters, banners, and videos; a planetarium show under a 25-foot blow-up dome, and a chance to mingle with astronomers. This year the AFNM will be presented in association with the Smithsonian Solstice Saturday events. The National Air and Space Museum and the Smithsonian Museums will be open until midnight featuring free parties, programs, and performances. The event will be held near the Smithsonian Castle on the National Mall (1200 Jefferson Dr SW). When taking Metrorail, get off at the Smithsonian stop (Mall exit).

Come celebrate the Summer Solstice on June 24th with telescope views of the Sun, Moon, Jupiter, and Saturn at the largest annual astronomy outreach event in the US.

The National Science Foundation (NSF) staff will meet with you and answer questions about U.S. Astronomy research.

The weather forecast has caused this event to be moved indoors. The astronomy events will be held at the Arts and Industries Building, 900 Jefferson Dr SW, Washington, DC 20024

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