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Fall 2014 Special Events at the Saint Vincent Planetarium and Observatory
The picture above is the Great Cluster in Hercules, M13, taken with the 14-inch telescope and CCD camera at Saint Vincent College Observatory. Saint Vincent College Planetarium and Observatory will be hosting some special events this fall. The first is an open house of the Observatory and viewing through the College’s telescopes during Homecoming Weekend on Saturday, September 27th from 8-11pm. Weather-permitting visitors can look through several different telescopes at the Observatory.
Two eclipses will occur in October one lunar and one solar eclipse. A total lunar eclipse will begin in the pre-dawn sky on Wednesday, October 8th at 5:18am. Totality will occur at 6:27am and end at 7:22am as the moon is setting and the sun is rising. Public viewing at the Science Pavilion will begin at 5:30am. A partial solar eclipse will be briefly visible just before sunset on Thursday, October 23. Public viewing at the Science Pavilion will begin at 5:30pm.
Fall 2014 Planetarium Show Schedule
Saint Vincent College announces the Fall 2014 schedule for public planetarium shows at the Angelo J. Taiani Planetarium and Astronaut Exhibit in the Sis and Herman Dupré Science Pavilion. Each show starting at 11am lasts about an hour and begins with a tour of the season’s night time sky conducted by one of the faculty members in Astronomy from the College’s Department of Physics – Dr. John Smetanka or Dr. Dan Vanden Berk. Selected deep sky objects - star clusters, nebula, and galaxies - will be viewed along with simulated trips to planets and moons in our solar system. The show will end with a twenty-five minute theatrically produced full-dome immersive video. A second, half-hour show, is offered at 12:30pm “The Sky Over Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood” appropriate for ages 3-10. The audience will explore the sky with Mr. Rogers and the animated characters from the “Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood”.
All shows are free of charge. Because of limited seating we ask that reservations be made by calling the Herbert W. Boyer School of Natural Science, Mathematics, and Computing at (724) 805-2631. Additional public shows may be added based on demand. Private shows can also be scheduled for groups of 15 to 35 people. We especially welcome scout groups by appointments who wish to fulfill requirements for merit badges. Appointments can be arranged by calling the Boyer School.
Private shows can be scheduled for groups of 15-35 people, and we especially welcome scout groups working towards merit badges.
All shows are free of charge, however, reservations are requested.