Creating Astronomy Festivals at Outdoor Concerts and Tourist Sites (US National Mall with monuments and museums) – 100,000 people participated

Special topic: Astronomy Education Beyond the Classroom
5th Shaw-IAU Workshop
Wednesday Nov. 29, 2023
UTC: 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
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, Thursday Nov. 30, 2023
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I describe to how to create large astronomy festivals: Music and Astronomy Under the Stars (MAUS - NASA funded, 60% families many with young children; 60% female; 20% seniors at mostly-free outdoor concerts (some organized by underserved communities) and The Astronomy Festival on the National Mall (AFNM, co-sponsored by the White House in 2010). These feature: solar, optical telescope observations; live-image projection; posters/banners/videos; demos, hands-on activities; citizen science projects; plus info on discoveries, careers, and science museums. AFNM is the largest annual astronomy outreach event in the US (30,000 people, 4-5 K/yr) with 120 educators from 30 scientific institutions, universities, and astronomy clubs (AAAS, AAS, AGU, APS, NASA, NASM, NOAA, NOAO, NRAO, NSF, The Planetary Society, STScI, Sky and Tel, USNO). Yo-Yo-Ma, the Chicago and Boston Symphony Orchestras, Ravi Coltrane, Phish, Blood Sweat and Tears, Deep Purple, Patti Smith, James Taylor, and Wilco performed at some MAUS events (1000 – 25,000 people/concert).


Donald Lubowich is a Senior Research Associate in-Residence, Coordinator of Astronomy Outreach, Director of the Astronomy Festival on the National Mall, and Director of the Music & Astronomy Under the Stars program Hofstra University, Hempstead, NY USA