Posted: Monday Dec 16, 2013
Dec. 16, 2013
Saint Vincent College will present six planetarium shows this winter and spring in the Angelo J. Taiani Planetarium and Astronaut Exhibit in the Sis and Herman Dupré Science Pavilion on the campus of Saint Vincent College. Admission is free and open to the public.
The one-hour shows, all scheduled to begin at 11 a.m. with a tour of the season’s night time sky, include The Star of Bethlehem – Christmas in the Planetarium on Saturday, Dec. 21; The Star of Bethlehem – Epiphany in the Planetarium on Saturday, Jan. 4; Late Winter Sky Show - Dynamic Earth on Saturday, Feb. 8; Spring Sky Show – Two Small Pieces of Glass on Saturday, March. 8; Late Spring Sky Show – Oasis in Space on Saturday, May 3; and Early Summer Sky Show – IBEX Search for the Edge of the Solar System on Saturday, June 14.
The shows are conducted by one of the faculty members in astronomy from the College’s Department of Physics, Dr. John Smetanka, Dr. Daniel Vanden Berk or Br. Lawrence Machia, O.S.B. Selected deep sky objects – star clusters, nebula and galaxies – will be viewed along with simulated trips to planets and moons in the solar system. The shows will end with time for questions from the audience.
On Dec. 21 and Jan. 4 the Planetarium will present a special show that looks at the possible astronomical explanations for the Star of Bethlehem. The February, March, May and June shows will end with a 25 minute theatrically produced full-dome immersive video. “Dynamic Earth” explains what makes Earth different from Venus and the role that life plays in creating this difference. “Two Small Pieces of Glass” provides a history of the telescope and how astronomers use instruments to explore the universe today. “Oasis in Space” tours planets of the solar system in search for water, and “IBEX – Search for the Edge of the Solar System” describes an ongoing NASA mission to determine where the solar system ends.
A second, 30-minute show appropriate for children ages 3 to 10, “The Sky Over Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood,” will be presented at 12:30 p.m. on each date. The show will explore the sky with Rogers and the animated characters from the Land of Make Believe.
Because of limited seating, advance reservations are requested and may be made by contacting the Herbert W. Boyer School of Natural Sciences, Mathematics and Computing at 724 805-2631 or make a reservation online at www.stvincent.edu/planetarium. Private shows for groups of 15 to 35 people may also be scheduled at other times by contacting the Boyer School. Scout groups who wish to fulfill requirements for merit badges are especially encouraged to make appointments.
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