New Englanders can get a closer view of stars this weekend at the University of New Hampshire.
UNH is expecting clear skies for its annual Fall Astronomy Festival.
Kids and families can look through telescopes at the school's observatory Friday night and listen to a talk by a top NASA scientist at 7 p.m.
On Saturday, observatory director John Gianforte says, they can do some engineering of their own.
"We've really beefed up our hands-on activities for kids,” he says. “They're going to have a lot of fun building telescopes, they're going to have a lot of fun building models of spacecraft."
Boy and girl scouts can also earn a special merit badge created by the designer of NASA's space mission patches.
The UNH astronomy festival has taken place most years since 2011.