Zacheis Planetarium begins fall semester programming


zacheis planetarium in the fall

The Adams State University Zacheis Planetarium fall 2013 program will include Thursday evenings, Friday afternoons and one Saturday a month.

Every Thursday, the planetarium will alternate between movies and live presentations. Live presentations will sometimes cover astronomy and sometimes earth science, using the new software installed this summer. A live presentation, "The Layered Earth," highlighting a few of the evening constellations, will begin at 7 p.m. and 7:45 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 22. Doors open at 6:45 p.m.

Dr. Robert Astalos, Zacheis Planetarium director, said Friday afternoon programs will begin at 4:30 p.m. and at 5:15 p.m. "We are holding these shows later this semester in the hope that more people will be able to attend." The Friday shows begin with "Robot Explorers," on August 23. Doors open at 4:15 p.m.

One Saturday night each month, starting in September, a live presentation on the evening sky with telescopes out for public viewing, is planned. Times will be arranged to coincide with dark skies. Astalos said he knows October 12, International Observe the Moon Night, will be one of the Saturday night shows.

All shows are free and open to the general public. Tickets will be available at the planetarium when the doors open, and are required for entry to the theater due to limited seating.

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