Fun with Astronomy

Upcoming Planetarium Shows

The Zacheis Planetarium will present the following shows in October and November:

Sat., Oct.1
“What Happened to Pluto?” will be presented entirely in Spanish by Dr. Jessica

Hernandez-Guzman, Visiting Assistant Professor of Physics. The program will be followed by a bilingual star-viewing using planetarium telescopes.

Dr. Jessica Hernandez-Guzman

Sat., Oct. 15
“Exploring the Moon,” a new planetarium program, will be presented by the planetarium’s director, Dr. Robert Astalos. The talk will cover historical as well as current lunar explorations. It will be followed by a Moon-viewing using planetarium telescopes. Also, a telescopic view of the Moon will be projected onto a large screen so that everyone can watch as lunar features visible in the telescope are described. The public will also have the opportunity to take their own photos of the Moon using planetarium cameras and telescopes. Digital photos will be available to download from the planetarium website the following day.

Sat., Nov. 5
“Exploring the Moon” will be repeated. The Moon-viewing will begin at 6:30 p.m., with the planetarium presentation beginning at 7:15 p.m. Viewing will resume around 8:30 p.m.

For more information on planetarium activities, visit the planetarium’s blog.

ASC Astronomy Club formed

The ASC Astronomy Club will hold its first meeting on Thursday, September 29, at 7 p.m. in Porter Hall room 135. The Astronomy Club is free and open to all students, faculty, staff, and community members, regardless of astronomy knowledge and experience. The club will provide opportunities for anyone interested in astronomy to experience the excitement of observing planets, stars, galaxies, the Moon, and even the Sun. Beginners will be able to ask questions and see new things, while experienced astronomy enthusiasts will be able to guide the club in areas of interest to them. Everyone will have the opportunity to make use of the planetarium’s binoculars, telescopes, and cameras, for observing and photographing the night (and day!) sky. The club will initially hold viewing activities about once each month.

The group will move to the planetarium after the meeting for an introduction to the evening’s constellations and bright stars. If weather permits, telescopes may be taken outside to observe double stars, clusters, Jupiter and its larger moons. In the event of inclement weather, there will be a planetarium program touring the current night sky, including a guide to star-hopping among the visible constellations and bright stars.

For more information about the Astronomy Club, contact Dr. Robert Astalos: 587-7821, or visit the planetarium’s blog.



Author: jmwaecht

Assistant to the President for Communications
Editor/Designer of alumni magazine – A-Stater