The Ultimate Interplanetary Travel Guide

Friday, Apr 16, 2021 at 7:00pm

Gaithersburg, MD 20877

Please call before attending any community events. It is likely that they will be postponed or canceled as a result of the coronavirus. You can find CDC coronavirus information at; AARP has additional resources at

The Gaithersburg Community Museum invites you to explore the universe with “The Ultimate Interplanetary Travel Guide.” The virtual Skywatching program takes place on the Community Museum Facebook page. All ages are invited to join.

Scientist Dr. Jim Bell takes us on a fanciful journey through the universe and beyond. Like any good travel guide, he lets us know what we'll need for our journey and what activities await us at our destination. That it most likely won't happen for hundreds of years matters not. RSVP to the Facebook event here.

Dr. Bell is a planetary scientist, educator, author, public speaker, and past President (2008-2020) of The Planetary Society. He works at Arizona State University and is heavily involved in NASA solar system exploration missions, including Mars rovers Spirit, Opportunity and Curiosity.

Located in the restored 1884 B&O Railroad Station complex near the intersection of Summit and Diamond Avenues in Olde Towne, the Gaithersburg Community Museum features educational exhibits and programs designed to spark interest and imagination about our City's history. Although the Museum is currently open by appointment only, it continues to host a robust services of virtual programs. Learn more here. Nearby Observatory Park is open for self-guided tours. The Gaithersburg Latitude Observatory was one of six located around the globe that measures the wobble of the Earth its polar axis to aid in navigation. The Observatory was in operation from 1899 to 1982.

Follow on Facebook @GaithersburgCommunityMuseum and on Instagram at @GburgCommunityMuseum. For more information, visit or call 301-258-6160.

This event listing provided for the Gaithersburg community events calendar. Community events are not associated with or sponsored by AARP, but may be of interest to you. If you have an event to share, let us know!

Images provided by, Ticketmaster

More from AARP in Gaithersburg

Upcoming AARP Events

View All AARP Events »

Find information about getting a COVID-19 vaccine in your state. CDC information is available at; additional AARP information and resources are at En español, visite

AARP Member Card

Join or Renew Today


  • Immediate access to your member benefits
  • Discounts on travel and everyday savings
  • Subscription to the award-winning AARP The Magazine
  • An ally on the issues that matter most to you in Gaithersburg
  • Free membership for your spouse or partner