The event will take place from 6 to 11 p.m., north of the Washington Monument, across from the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture. It is designed to inspire youth to pursue Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) fields and increase public knowledge of science.
As in previous years, thousands of participants are expected to gaze at the stars, planets and Moon through telescopes, participate in hands-on demonstrations, learn about astronomy from informative presentations and much more.
Of note, NRL will be unveiling a video highlighting the career of retired Dr. George R. Carruthers, a former rocket astronomy research physicist and head of NRL’s Ultraviolet Measurements Branch whose research significantly contributed to the greater good of the astronomy community.
In 1969, Carruthers invented and successfully patented the “Image Converter for Detecting Electromagnetic Radiations Espcecially in Short Wave Lengths.” His invention, a 50-pound, gold-pated telescope, was used during Apollo 16, the NASA mission landing the first moon-based space observatory in 1972. The device allowed researchers the ability to examine molecular components in the Earth’s atmosphere from the Moon and other astronomical phenomena thousands of miles away in space for the first time.