Westminster College Planetarium’s fall season opens Sept. 30

Staff report

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The season opener for the Westminster College Planetarium, “One World, One Sky: Big Bird’s Adventure,” plays at 5:30 p.m. Sept. 30. Explore the night sky with Big Bird, Elmo and their friend from China, Hu Hu Zhu, on their journey of discovery to learn about the Big Dipper, the North Star, the sun and the moon. The program is ideal for age 3 to 6.

Next, “Dawn of the Space Age” will be presented at 7 p.m. This program is said to be the most accurate historic reconstruction of man’s first steps into space. From the launch of the first artificial satellite to the lunar landings and privately operated space flights, witness the drive, passion and perseverance of the men and women who took part in these death-defying endeavors. Recommended for all ages.

As a finale to opening night, there will be outdoor stargazing afterward, weather permitting.

The remainder of the season includes showings of “Black Holes” and “Ooky Spooky” on Oct. 28; and “Let it Snow: Holiday Music Magic” and “Mystery of the Christmas Star” on Dec. 2. There will be encore showings of “Let it Snow” and “Mystery of the Christmas Star” on Dec. 9. More details are available online.

The planetarium is in Room 116 of the Hoyt Science Resources Center, at the intersection of Maple Street. and Westminster Drive on campus. Parking is available along Westminster Drive and in the small lot on Maple Street next to the traffic circle.

Details of upcoming shows and ticket reservations are available by calling 724-946-7827, or online at westminster.edu/planetarium. Seating is limited so reservations are required. All shows are free and last approximately an hour.

For more information, contact Dr. Thomas Oberst, associate professor of physics and director of the Planetarium & Observatory, at oberstte@westminster.edu.

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