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The Franklin Institute after dark. (Credit: The Franklin Institute)

Top Things To Do In Philadelphia Today, Dec. 11

Looking for something to do today? Here are our top three picks…there’s something for everyone in the Philadelphia area!

12/11/2014

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Star Walk 2 App

The original Star Walk was one of the best astronomy apps to come around. Happily, Star Walk 2 only builds on that success.

10/14/2014

(The "supermoon" is seen from Mexico city on 05 May 2012. Credit: OMAR TORRES/AFP/GettyImages)

Nice Weather, Plus Some Exciting Astronomical Events

Not much detail to go into here, because it’s yet another stunning summer weekend in the Delaware Valley!

08/08/2014

(Images in red, green, and blue show the location of the newly discovered dwarf planet nicknamed "Biden."  Image by Scott S. Sheppard, Carnegie Institution for Science.  Used with permission)

Astronomers Announce Discovery of New ‘Dwarf’ Planet at Edge of Solar System

It’s official designation is 2012 VP113. The “VP” in the name inspired its nickname: Biden.

03/27/2014

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Meteor Shower Expected To Peak Overnight On Dec. 13-14

Despite the amount of moonlight present in the sky tonight, those who’d like to watch the shower and can find a spot away from city lights can expect to see up to 50 or more meteors per hour.

12/13/2013

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Solar Walk App

The Solar Walk app lets you learn all about the sky above us, with over 375 images and eight videos.

10/18/2012

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NASA Visualization Explorer

Odds are you won’t get to explore the stars yourself – or even have access to all of NASA’s tools. The Visualization Explorer app is the next best thing.

09/17/2012

(The 2004 transit of Venus as photographed in Greece by the Williams College Transit of Venus Team.)

Area Astronomers Hoping For Clear Skies For Rare Venus Event Tonight

Dr. Harry Augensen, professor of physics and astronomy at Widener University, says scientists have been interested in transits of Venus for centuries.

06/05/2012

(Credit: ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP/Getty Images)

The Night Sky App

Stargazing goes high tech with the Night Sky app – an educational app that makes astronomy accessible to pretty much anyone.

05/23/2012

Philadelphia Science Festival Brings Special Friends To Talk Philly

The Second Annual Philadelphia Science Festival Opens

Science is in everything we do, and Director Gerri Trooskin says the point of this festival is to show just how much fun science can be.

04/21/2012

Stars

Study Shows Students Who Major In Astronomy Have Zero Unemployment

If you have a college age student with an undeclared major, you may want to steer them into astronomy.

12/03/2011

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Several Philadelphia Observatories Open For Night Of Star Gazing

The Franklin Institute’s observatory is just one of a few places where you can take in the view Thursday night.

04/21/2011

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