Yuri's Night at Stardome

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Date/Time
Date(s) - Wed, Apr 12 2017
8:00 pm - 9:00 pm NZDT

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Event Website: https://www.stardome.org.nz/show/yuris-night/

Location
Stardome Observatory and Planetarium
670 Manukau Road
Auckland

In 1961, cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin boarded the Vostok 1 spacecraft and made history as the first person in space. In 108 minutes, Yuri orbited Earth before landing by parachute in a field, much to the surprise of an unsuspecting farmer and her daughter. Gagarin later recalled, “When they saw me in my space suit and the parachute dragging alongside as I walked, they started to back away in fear. I told them, don’t be afraid, I am a Soviet citizen like you, who has descended from space and I must find a telephone to call Moscow!”

Every year on April 12th Yuri’s historic journey is marked with Yuri’s Night, an international celebration of Yuri. Join us at Stardome for Yuri’s Night 2017 and watch a special space exploration planetarium show. Presented on the 360-degree dome screen you’ll find out more about Yuri, the Apollo landing, the Mars Curiosity rover, the epic Pluto flyby by New Horizons, and we’ll show you how to find south for your own night sky exploration.

The evening includes a glass of wine (R18 only, ID may be required) and special Russian treats.