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Dark Sky Festival

February 28th and March 1st, 2014

5:00pm-10:00pm

Free admission, fun and educational activities for all ages, and much more. 

3500 Harmony Square Dr. W, Harmony, FL 34773

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2014 Toho Water Stage Schedule (subject to change):

Friday February 28th   Toho Water Stage
 5:00pm Kids Story Time 
 5:30pm Harmony Community School Choir
 6:00pm Orlando Science Center stage show
 7:00pm NASA speaker Yves Lamothe  "Earth and Beyond"
 8:00pm Katherine Nagy, Astronomy Education Program Coordinator - Smithsonian Air and Space Museum
 9:00pm Bob Parks, Executive Director-International Dark Sky Association


Saturday March 1st  Toho Water Stage
 5:00pm Orlando Science Center stage show
 6:00pm Astronomy Jeopardy presented by Seminole State College Planetarium
 7:00pm Beverly Rother speaking on Space Tourism
 8:00pm NASA astronaut Dr. Story Musgrave
 9:00pm Astronomy talk presented by Derek Demeter, Director of the Seminole State College Planetarium

 

The Dark Sky Festival also includes:

- Telescope Zone with over 40 scopes setup for public viewing

- Planetarium shows

- Free kids zone

- NASA Exhibits

- Moon Rock sample collected during the Apollo 15 mission will be on display

- NASA Education hands-on activities

- Guided tours of the night sky

- A visit from the 501st Legion on March 1st

- 5k Glow Run on March 1st


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Tickets are now on sale for our Dinner with an Astronaut featuring Dr. Story Musgrave happening at 5:00pm on Saturday March 1st at the Harmony Golf Preserve Ballroom.  Only a limited number of tickets are available.  Order Here

 

Information on the Glo Run 5k happening on Saturday, March 1st can be found at www.harmonyfl.com/5k

 

 



The purpose of the Dark Sky Festival at Harmony is to expose the general public to the marvels of astronomy and the importance of protecting dark skies - not just for astronomy purposes, but also for the values that darkness provides to area wildlife. Our entire family-friendly festival is held outdoors in low light conditions on the streets, sidewalks and park located in Harmony Town Square. Due to Harmony's efforts and the support of the County Commissioners, an ordinance now requires new lighting in the County to be protective of dark skies. In a county that includes portions of Walt Disney World and has extensive brightly lit tourist commercial uses, this was a significant event in itself. In addition, all County facilities were retrofitted to better protect the night sky.


Harmony is an environmentally intelligent community located in Central Florida and was chosen as the site for the Dark Sky Festival for several reasons:


  • Harmony Town Square, where the event is held, is in an area rated as Class 4 on the Bortle Scale of Light Pollution.
  • The developer has committed to protecting dark skies. For example, all street lighting, any park lighting and other public lighting uses full cut off fixtures. Private residential and commercial lighting is also held to this standard.
  • The Central Florida Astronomical Society, Melbourne Astronomical Society, and the Brevard Astronomical Society use Harmony as one of their observing locations in Central Florida. The Harmony Institute, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization and an event sponsor, is located at Harmony and advises the Harmony developer on lighting and other measures to protect natural systems.
 



Cub Scouts!!!  Sign up now to participate in the 1st Annual Dark Sky Space Derby happening on March 1st, 2014 during the Dark Sky Festival.

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Featured Exhibitors:

NASA

Celestron

Orlando FamiLAB

Orlando Mini Makers Faire

Hobbytown USA, Melbourne, FL

Orlando Science Center

iBrick Academy

Tom's Rocket Gear (Saturday Only)

MicheLee Puppets

 




Astronomers:  Sign up here to volunteer at the Dark Sky Festival

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Vendors/Exhibitors: Sign up here

 




Sponsors:

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Partners:

UCF Astronomy Society

Central Florida Astronomical Society

Brevard Astronomical Society

Melbourne Astronomical Society

Florida Tech Student Astronomical Society

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University - Astronomy Club

 

 

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