Mars Madness

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On July 27, Mars will shine brighter in our sky than it ever has in the last 15 years. There’s no better place to experience this rare astronomical event than right here at Liberty Science Center!

Join us that night for Mars Madness, 7:00 pm – midnight, as we break out the telescopes and look to the skies for an evening all about the Red Planet. Learn from our talented educators about Mars’ close approach to Earth this summer, and why we won’t see anything like this again until 2035. From dusk onwards (weather permitting), look through telescopes, guided by experts from the United Astronomy Clubs of New Jersey. Discover more about objects visible in the sky this summer, from Venus to Jupiter to Saturn to the Moon.

All ages are welcome. Guests 21 and over can enjoy delicious, astronomy-themed cocktails (the "Rocket Fuel" and "MARSgarita"). Plus, join us for special activities! Make your own moon crater, comet, and spectroscope in hands-on experiments. Explore the science of rockets in our live demonstration. Get an out-of-this-world makeover at our planetary face painting station. Discover how the Red Planet plays a role in science fiction in a live presentation led by Lonny Buinis of the International Association of Astronomical Artists.

Tickets are $20 for adults, $15 for children 12 and under. Members receive a $5 discount.

For an additional $5, you can experience a new show, Summer of Mars LIVE!, in the Jennifer Chalsty Planetarium, the largest planetarium in the Western Hemisphere. Travel to Mars and see up close what we’ve learned about the Red Planet based on recent NASA missions. There will also be a Pink Floyd: Dark Side of the Moon Laser Show at midnight, available for an additional $5.

Many exhibitions in the Science Center will be open to enjoy, as well as our outdoor patio! Enjoy a beautiful summer view of the Manhattan night skyline.

Please know that your Mars Madness ticket gets you access to our Mars Madness event, from 7:00 pm – midnight. It is separate from general daytime admission.

We can’t wait for you to join us. See you July 27!

Date: July 27, 2018

Time: 7:00 pm – midnight

Price: $20 for adults, $15 for children 12 and under (members receive a $5 discount). For an additional $5, you can experience a NEW planetarium show, Summer of Mars LIVE!, or the Pink Floyd: Dark Side of the Moon Laser Show