Is there anything cooler than looking up at the sky and realizing how massive the universe is?If you’re fascinated by space, then you’re in luck. Come to the Annual Astronomy Festival on the National Mall on June 23 to learn about planets, stars, and the mysteries of the universe through a free guided tour. WHEN: Saturday, June 23 | 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. WHERE: National Mall | Northwest of the Washington Monument; 17th Street NW and Constitution Avenue COST: Free to the public for both the festival and the guided tour of the stars [caption id="attachment_10161" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] Courtesy of cosmicpursuits.com[/caption] DETAILS: This is one of the coolest opportunities to take a peek at the stars because you’ll be able to do it for free, and astronomers are on hand to explain or answer any questions you may have. Amateur astronomers have generously donated 20 telescopes to be placed around the National Mall for the public.
As the night progresses you’ll be able to see different things in the sky.
“Starting at 6 pm, visitors will be able to view sunspots with the help of specially filtered telescopes. After dusk and until 11 p.m. telescopes will provide close-up views of the moon, Saturn with its beautiful rings, Jupiter and its moons, colorful double stars, and star clusters that sparkle like diamonds on black velvet.”Check out the event page for further details. [caption id="attachment_10162" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] Courtesy of dullesmoms.com[/caption] Have you been to an astronomy festival before? Tell us what you saw and learned in the comments below!