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Mid-autumn full moon; Moon-viewing at Miraikan! 2014 "Night Museum for Adults"

The National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation (Miraikan) will hold the "Night Museum for Adults," the main event of "Mid-autumn full moon; Moon-viewing at Miraikan!," on September 5 (Fri) and 6 (Sat). For these two days, opening hours are extended to allow plenty of time to admire the moon and the earth.
Date: September 5 (Fri) 2014, 17:00-21:00 (admission ticket can be purchased until 20:30)
September 6 (Sat) 2014, 17:00-20:00 (admission ticket can be purchased until 19:30)
Venue: Symbol Zone on the 1st floor, Special Exhibition "Toilet!? - Human Waste & Earth's Future," permanent exhibition space on the 3rd and 5th floors, Dome Theater on the 6th floor

The National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation (Miraikan) will hold the "Night Museum for Adults," the main event of "Mid-autumn full moon; Moon-viewing at Miraikan!," on September 5 (Fri) and 6 (Sat). For these two days, opening hours are extended to allow plenty of time to admire the moon and the earth. Why not watch Geo-Cosmos at night, which is not normally possible, in a relaxed manner? The view of earth after sunset projected on Geo-Cosmos makes it looks as if it is really floating in space. In such a magical atmosphere, a concert of Japanese traditional music and a talk event on the relationship between the moon and people are held. Please enjoy moon-viewing that is a slightly out of the ordinary.
* There are also other performances related to moon-viewing held during regular opening hours from September 1 (mon) to 8 (Mon).


1. Japanese traditional music (gagaku) concert for adults
"Elegant Music of a Moonlit Night"

Let's take a break from our everyday lives and think about the moon, space, and earth and their relation to each of us. There will be a live music performance and explanation on compositions by Megumi Niidani and two other musicians from the Department of Traditional Japanese Music, Faculty of Music, Tokyo University of the Arts. Please enjoy the music of the moon and autumn played by traditional Japanese musical instruments.
Performers:
Hichiriki (Japanese recorder): Megumi Niidani, Part-Time Instructor at the Department of Traditional Japanese Music, Faculty of Music, Tokyo University of the Arts
Ryuteki (Japanese flute): Ayako Nishitani, Graduated from the Department of Traditional Japanese Music, Faculty of Music, Tokyo University of the Arts
Japanese sheng (free-reed instrument): Junko Yatsuki, Education and Research Assistant at the Department of Traditional Japanese Music, Faculty of Music, Tokyo University of the Arts

Times: 18:30-19:00 and 20:00-20:30 on September 5 (Fri)
Venue: Symbol Zone on the 1st floor
Capacity: 150 *Please visit the venue directly.


2. Scientist's Talk for Adults
"Moon Viewers, When and Where Are You? Moon-Viewing in Different Ages, Regions, and by Different People"


Heitengi Zukai (graphic explanation of the motion of astral bodies) by Iwahashi Zenbee Illustration of a telescope (1802)



Dialogue Concerning the Two Chief World Systems by Galileo Galilei (The initial print in 1683, collection of the Osaka Science Museum)

"Watching the moon" is a very familiar pastime among Japanese people. However, the meaning of a pastime may change largely in different times and places. What is the relation between people, the society built by humans, and the moon in the sky? Let's have a talk with an expert in the tranquil atmosphere of the museum and Geo-Cosmos at night, and cross the border between the genres of science and culture.
Lecturer: Tsuguto Kazu, Senior Curator, Osaka Science Museum
-Profile-
Tsuguto Kazu was born in 1965 in Osaka, and finished the Graduate School of Osaka Kyoiku University. He specializes in the History of Science and is particularly interested in the science back in the Edo Period, mainly involving astronomy.
-Works-
Ino Tadataka Sokuryo Tai (survey team of Ino Tadataka) (multi-authored, Shogakukan, 2003), Kimura Kenkado - Naniwa Chi No Kyojin (Kimura Kenkado, an intellectual giant) (multi-authored, Shibunkaku, 2003), etc.

Time: 18:00-19:00 on September 6 (Sat)
Venue: Symbol Zone on the 1st floor
Capacity: 150 *Please visit the venue directly.


3. Special Exhibition on Moon-Viewing during the opening hours at night



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(1) The Moon on Geo-Cosmos
The data of the moon's surface collected by SELENE (Kaguya), a lunar orbiter spacecraft, are projected onto the symbolic exhibit Geo-Cosmos, which has 10,362 organic EL panels on the surface of a 6m-diameter sphere. There are also explanation panels on scientific topics related to the moon.
Time: every hour and half hour (5 minutes each time)
Venue: Symbol exhibit Geo-Cosmos



(2) Additional Show in Dome Theater
Stereoscopic planetarium program "Birthday; What Connects Me and Space" and ordinary planetarium program "The Color of Darkness" are additionally shown.
Times: 117:20, 18:20, 19:20 (and 20:20 only on September 5) (about 30 minutes each time)
* Additional programs can be enjoyed separately from the program for ordinary opening hours (up to 17:00) (admission fee necessary).
Venue: Dome Theater GAIA on the 6th floor
Capacity: 112 for each program *Reservation tickets for Dome Theater are distributed after 16:45 at the front of Dome Theater on the 6th floor.



*Both the permanent exhibition and special exhibition are open until closing time (last admission to the special exhibition is 30 minutes before closing time).
*Opening hours of Miraikan Shop on the 1st floor and Miraikan Cafe on the 5th floor are also extended. A special menu to help you enjoy moon-viewing is available at Miraikan Cafe.
*Admission tickets can be purchased until 30 minutes before closing time. You can use a ticket for ordinary opening hours for the night museum hours.


Date and time
September 5 (Fri) 2014, 17:00-21:00 (admission ticket can be purchased until 20:30) September 6 (Sat) 2014, 17:00-20:00 (admission ticket can be purchased until 19:30)
Venue
Symbol Zone on the 1st floor, Special Exhibition "Toilet!? - Human Waste & Earth's Future," permanent exhibition space on the 3rd and 5th floors, Dome Theater on the 6th floor
Participation fee
Admission fee only
Inquiries
The National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation (Miraikan) Tel: +81-3-3570-9151 (pilot number)

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