You Can't Get to the Moon Without Worcester!
The 50th anniversary of the first moon landing is this July. Worcester and Central Mass. have an astronomical connection to this major event. Robert Goddard, known as 'the father of the space age' was a Worcester resident.
Goddard, engineer, and physicist who successfully created and launched the first liquid-fueled rocket in 1926 is honored for many of the developments to make spaceflight possible, particularly his quest to put a man on the moon.
Follow us and many cultural organizations across the city for Goddard-inspired events!
A repository of all local events honoring Robert Goddard’s legacy and celebrating Worcester’s connection to the history of space travel is housed on the Discover Central Mass website.
EcoTarium-hosted events below:
Explore Space Day
Saturday, April 6, 2019 10:30a.m.-3:30p.m.
April is Global Astronomy Month! From the moon to the far reaches of our solar system and beyond, we’ll celebrate this year’s theme “The Spirit of Apollo” with plenty of hands-on, interactive fun...
EcoTarium21: Lunar Libations
Friday, May 17, 2019 6:30-9:30p.m.
It lights up the night sky and causes the tides--plus, it's always there to howl at. Raise a glass and bask in the moon glow as we celebrate earth's only natural satellite in this 50th-anniversary year of the first lunar landing...
Lunar Launch Anniversary
Tuesday, July 16, 2019 10:30a.m.-3:30p.m.
As Worcester prepares to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11’s moon landing on July 20th, join us at the EcoTarium to celebrate Apollo 11’s 1969 launch. From our digital planetarium to hands-on programs on the...
Transit of Mercury
Monday, November 11, 2019 8:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
Join us to view a celestial event that occurs approximately 13 times each century! Throughout the morning, Mercury will pass across the sun’s surface. Peer through a telescope to observe the transit through a special sun filter, and get a...