GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Witness the heavens through the lens of a telescope and discover the constellations at the Florida Museum of Natural History from 5-10 p.m. April 12 during “Starry Nights: The Birth of Stars and Planets.”

Activities sponsored by the University of Florida Astronomy Department and Alachua Astronomy Club include telescopes for visitors to view planets and stars, planetarium shows, child-friendly activity centers, a scavenger hunt and the puppet show “Red Star, Blue Star, How I Wonder What You Are.”

At 6 p.m., Stephen Kane of the UF Astronomy Department will present a family-oriented lecture, “Wanders in the Celestial Space & Beyond.” At 7 p.m. Charles Lada of Harvard University and the Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics will present the featured guest lecture, “The Search for Stellar Origins from Antiquity to the 21st Century.”

“Museum Nights” are held at the Florida Museum and Harn Museum of Art most Thursday evenings while the University of Florida is in session, are cosponsored by UF Student Government. For more information visit or call all (352) 846-2000, ext. 246.

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