LATROBE, PA – Saint Vincent College’s Herbert W. Boyer School of Natural Sciences, Mathematics and Computing has announced the winter and spring 2019 schedule for public shows at the Angelo J. Taiani Planetarium and Astronaut Exhibit in the Sis and Herman Dupré Science Pavilion.
The first public event is scheduled for Sunday, Jan. 20, when the planetarium will be open for the viewing of a total lunar eclipse from 10 p.m. through its completion at 1 a.m. The weather forecast calls for cloudy skies and a chance of precipitation during the event, which would effect the viewing experience, but the planetarium will be open for the duration of the eclipse.
Following the viewing of the lunar eclipse, the regular season of planetarium shows begins Saturday, Feb. 9, and continues with a new show each month through May. Each Saturday show begins at 11 a.m. and will last for approximately one hour. The shows will have a tour of the season’s nighttime sky conducted by one of the members of the Saint Vincent Department of Physics – Dr. John Smetanka, Dr. Dan Vanden Berk or Fr. Lawrence Machia, O.S.B.
Planets and selected deep sky objects, including star clusters, nebula and galaxies, will be visualized, and concepts in astronomy and astrophysics discussed. There will also be time for questions from the audience, while each show will end with a 25-minute theatrically-produced full-dome immersive video.
Following the 11 a.m. shows, “The Sky Above Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood” will be shown. The 20-minute immersive and interactive production is most appropriate for ages 3-10, as well as those who grew up with Mr. Rogers. The audience will explore the daytime and nighttime sky with Mr. Rogers and animated characters from “Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood.” For selected showings, Fred Rogers Scholars and other Saint Vincent students working to carry forward the vision of Fred Rogers will supervise science-themed arts and crafts projects following the 12:30 p.m. shows.
All shows are free of charge. Because of limited seating, it is urged that reservations be made by calling the Herbert W. Boyer School of Natural Sciences, Mathematics and Computing at 724- 805-2631, or online at www.stvincent.edu/planetarium. Additional public shows may be offered based on demand, while private shows can also be scheduled for organizations with groups of 15-35 people. Scout groups who wish to fulfill requirements are especially encouraged, and appointments can be arranged by calling the Boyer School.
SCHEDULE OF PUBLIC SHOWS AND EVENTS
Sunday, Jan. 20-21 – 10 p.m. – 1 a.m.: Lunar Eclipse Viewing
Saturday, Feb. 9 – 11 a.m. - noon: Winter Sky Show – Solar Super Storms
Saturday, Feb. 9 – 12:30 p.m: The Sky Above Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood
Saturday, March 16 – 11 a.m. – noon: Vernal Equinox Sky Show – Oasis in Space
Saturday, March 16 – 12:30 p.m.: The Sky Above Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood
Saturday, April 6 – 11 a.m. – noon: Earth Day Sky Show – Dynamic Planet
Saturday, April 6 – 12:30 p.m.: The Sky Above Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood
Saturday, May 4 – 11 a.m. – noon: Late Spring Sky Show – Back to the Moon for Good
Saturday, May 4 – 12:30 p.m.: The Sky Above Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood
Photo: The Angelo J. Taiani Planetarium at the Boyer School of Natural Science, Mathematics and Computing
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