Neil deGrasse Tyson will join our universe, virtually


Neil deGrasse Tyson will drop in via Google Hangouts in Colorado Springs next week. - COURTESY SPACE FOUNDATION
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  • Neil deGrasse Tyson will drop in via Google Hangouts in Colorado Springs next week.
The host of Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey will answer your questions about the mysteries of the universe starting at 6 p.m. Wednesday, June 25, at the Space Foundation Discovery Center, 4425 Arrowswest Dr. in a Google Hangouts live video call.

The event featuring Neil deGrasse Tyson is part of the Space Foundation's astronomy-themed activities during its Summer of Discovery. Tyson, who appeared at the Space Symposium in recent years, is also the Frederick P. Rose Director of New York's Hayden Planetarium and author of best-selling books such as Death by Black Hole: And Other Cosmic Quandaries and The Pluto Files: The Rise and Fall of America's Favorite Planet.

Here's more about the event and other things going on at the Discovery center:

The fee for Tyson's Google Hangouts video chat is $3.00 per person, plus admission to the Discovery Center, which is: $9 for adults, $7 for seniors (age 65+), $7 for college students with I.D., $3 for children ages 4-17. Military fees are $4.50 for adults with I.D., and $1.50 for children ages 4-17. Children age three years and younger are admitted free.

Astronomy-themed daily activities at the Discovery Center June 24 - 28 include:

FREE Make-Your-Own-Solar-System Sticker set for the first 25 paid children admitted each Tuesday through Friday and first 100 paid children admitted on Saturday (age 4-17 only, includes Discovery Passport holders)
Science On a Sphere® Presentations Astronomy Apps Presentations (iPhone and Android)
Bounce House
Mars Robotics Laboratory Presentations (11:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m.)
Astronomy-themed crafts include:

Make-Your-Own Telescope
Astronomy Coloring Pages
Constellation Station - make your own necklace, bracelet or keychain ($3 extra fee)
Craft Table
Star Chart or Astronaut Window (available Tuesday-Friday)
Space-themed Door Knob Decor or Make-A-UFO (available Saturday)
Register to win one of these great prizes:

Tickets for the Rio Grande Railroad Starlight Express
Gift Certificate for the Name A Star Registry
Tickets to the Space Foundation's 3rd Annual Space & Science Fiction Costume Ball
Drawing to be held Saturday, June 28 at 4:00 p.m., need not be present to win
Activities Wednesday, June 25:

3:00 - 5:00 p.m. - Showing of Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey (Fox television show)
6:00 - 6:30 p.m. - Google Hangouts video chat with Dr. Neil DeGrasse Tyson ($3 extra fee per person)
Activities Friday, June 27:

11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. and 5:00 — 7:30 p.m. - Sabrosos Tacos Food Truck
6:00 p.m. - Presentation with Dr. Devin J. Della-Rose: "Exoplanet Research & Discoveries from the Last Two Decades"
8:00 p.m. - Star Gazing with Southern Colorado Astronomical Society
Activities Saturday, June 28:

11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. - Sabrosos Tacos Food Truck
11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. - Solar Gazing with Southern Colorado Astronomical Society
4:00 p.m. - Prize Drawing (see details above)
Please see our website for further details at Activities are subject to change.

Thank you to our "Astronomy" sponsor Ent Federal Credit Union.

Other Summer of Discovery themes include:

Astronomy, part 2, July 1 - 3 (the Discovery Center will be closed July 4 and 5)
Mars, Rovers & Robots, July 8 - 12, July 15 - 19
Rocketry, July 22 - 26, July 29 - Aug. 2
A Taste of Space Technology, Aug. 5 - 9, Aug. 12 - 16
The Space Foundation also announces that its 30th Space Symposium, held May 19-22, at The Broadmoor set a record for attendance at 11,000, making it the largest annual citywide convention in the Springs. Representatives from more than 600 companies from 26 countries attended.

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