miSci : Events

August 2017

Senior Science Day (Presented by the Dudley Observatory)

The Dudley Observatory at miSci is committed to lifelong learning and has created programming specifically designed for adults! Come explore the museum on a quiet afternoon, then join the Dudley Observatory for an exciting astronomy lesson presented by Dudley Observatory Outreach Astronomer, Dr. Valerie Rapson. Cost: Free with admission

Location: varies, inquire at admissions desk


January: Live Planetarium Show

February: NASA's Great Observatories: Hubble Space Telescope

March: NASA’s Great Observatories: Compton Gamma Ray Observatory

April: NASA’s Great Observatories: Chandra X-ray Observatory

May: NASA’s Great Observatories: Spitzer Space Telescope

June: NASA’s Great Observatories: James Webb Space Telescope

July: How to View the Great American Eclipse

August: Our Solar System: Exploring the Sun

September: Our Solar System: The Terrestrial Planets

October: Our Solar System: The Gas Giants

November: Our Solar System: The Asteroid and Kuiper Belt

December: Hunting for Exoplanets

Date(s):  Monday, August-7-2017 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Evenings with miSci and the Dudley Observatory

Spend the evening exploring the exhibits at miSci! Complete the night with a Night Sky Adventure with the Dudley Observatory. 

miSci Galleries 

Date(s):  Tuesday, August-15-2017 @ 5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Little Wonders of Science: The Sun is My Favorite Star


Introduce children ages 3 to 5 to science with The Sun is My Favorite Star by Frank Asch followed by some hands-on activities.

Little Wonders of Science inspires curiosity through stories, play, and special hands-on activities specifically created for children ages 3-5. Held on the third Friday and Saturday morning of every month, the Little Wonders of Science program introduces new STEM topics monthly.

Come early for a special 10 am showing in miSci's planetarium of "One World, One Sky" (additional $5/ person), and leave with the materials to continue the study of science at home.

Pre-register online.

Cost: Admission + $2 supply fee

Location: meet in the miSci Lobby

Date(s):  Friday, August-18-2017 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am
Saturday, August-19-2017 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am
Night Sky Adventure: Great American Eclipse (Presented by the Dudley Observatory)

On August 21, 2017 the entire United States will experience a solar eclipse! Here in  Schenectady we will see the sun 66% covered by our Moon. How can you safely observe the eclipse here in the Capital Region? Join the Dudley Observatory and miSci to find out!

Night Sky Adventures are astronomy fun for the whole family! Educators from the Dudley Observatory, in conjunction with volunteers from the Albany Area Amateur Astronomers group, present astronomy lessons, planetarium shows and night sky viewing (weather depending). Amateur astronomers and families are invited to bring binoculars or telescopes. One or more telescopes will be provided for public use. 

Cost: Free with admission

Location: Planetarium, Courtyard, Lobby 

Date(s):  Tuesday, August-15-2017 @ 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Octagon Barn Star Party and Lecture: Star Formation in Galaxy Groups and Clusters (Presented by the Dudley Observatory)

Presented by the Dudley Observatory

Join the Dudley Observatory and the Albany Area Amateur Astronomers for an astronomy lesson and dark sky observing at the Octagon Barn in Delanson, NY! Programs include a 1 hour talk by local astronomy enthusiasts, followed by night sky observing if the weather is clear. Amateur astronomers and families are invited to bring binoculars or telescopes. Telescopes will also be set up for public use. Great for older children and adults!

This month, Dr. Rebecca Koopman of Union College will discuss Star formation in galaxy groups and clusters. 

Sponsored by the Lauterbach Pokorny family

Cost: Free (donations graciously accepted) 


Knox Octagon Barn

588 Middle Road

Delanson, NY

Date(s):  Friday, August-18-2017 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
SenseAble Science

A sensory friendly science center experience for those with autism and other sensory needs. Presented by the Autism Society of the Greater Capital Region, Schenectady ARC, and miSci with additional funds from sponsors. 

Learn more about SenseAble Science

Date(s):  Sunday, August-27-2017 @ 10:00 am - 12 pm
The Great American Solar Eclipse Viewing Party (Presented by the Dudley Observatory)

A total eclipse of the Sun will traverses the United States of America. Here in Schenectady we will not be in that path of totality but, with clear skies, we should have about 70% of Our Sun obscured by Our Moon.  Come and experience this rare event at miSci with the Dudley Observatory's Dr. Valerie Rapson. You can start to prepare for the April 8, 2024 solar eclipse when we should experience totality.  


The Viewing Party is free with admission. The Dudley Observatory Viewing Party will be first come, first served - no pre-registration required or available.


The Viewing Party will include at least 5 solar telescopes, sunspotters, solar eclipse glasses to share, and a variety of projection devices. There will also be kids hands-on demonstrations and art activities as well as a live stream of totality.

Planetarium shows will run all day on Monday, August 21st. The 1, 2, and 3 pm shows will all be 30-minute features of Sunstruck. Planetarium shows are an additional $5/person/show.


miSci Staff each have 4 pairs of solar eclipse glasses. Families may borrow the eclipse glasses to look at the sun for a minute or two, and must return all glasses to the staff member who will wait with the family while they view the eclipse.

The eclipse glasses…

Cannot be loaned for long periods of time or held onto all day. Families may look briefly, then immediately return the glasses to the staff member.

Cannot be purchased from our staff or the gift shop for any dollar amount.

Cannot be brought indoors. 

Visitors are welcome to use their own glasses or projection devices. We also have telescopes and other viewing devices on hand on the lawn and patio.

Thank you for your cooperation


2017's local times are:

Begins:  Mon, Aug 21, 2017 at 1:22 pm
Maximum:  Mon, Aug 21, 2017 at 2:42 pm
Ends:  Mon, Aug 21, 2017 at 3:56 pm

Duration:  2 hours, 34 minutes


The areas highlighted in orange are open to miSci visitors. Volunteers should park in the area highlighted in pink. In addition, there are numerous parking areas around the City of Schenectady. Some parking lots have free parking under two hours. For more of Schenectady City parking, check here.  


View more eclipse resources

Watch Dr. Rapson demonstrates the importance of eye protection when viewing the eclipse (not for the very young or faint of heart):


Date(s):  Monday, August-21-2017 @ 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Volunteer Open House

Interested in giving back to your community? Become a volunteer at the Museum! Get started by attending an open house. Volunteers are needed to assist with exhibits, such as the Butterfly House, assist in the archives, assist with maintenance, run Planetarium shows, and more. Open houses are held the first Monday of each month at 4:30 pm. New volunteers are welcome to stay for the all-staff at 5:15.

Date(s):  Monday, August-7-2017 @ 4:30 PM - 5:15 PM