September and October Sky Shows Announced

Tuesday, August 21st, 2012

The Planetarium at West Virginia Wesleyan has announced the September and October Sky Shows, which are the first and third Saturdays of each month at 8 p.m. and last approximately one hour.

On September 1, the IMAX movie of the Space Station will feature a fascinating look at the high-flying laboratory where today’s space astronauts develop technologies that will make possible future human voyages to Mars.

Blast Off! A Kid’s Introduction to the Space Station will be September 15. In this video, young “star voyagers” can travel with the astronauts of America’s space program as they explore other worlds and travel among the stars.

October’s first show will be “Supermassive Black Hole in the Milky Way Galaxy.” Thick dust has long obscured our vision into the mysterious inner regions of the galactic center; but now, based on tracking motions of stars, we know that a supermassive monster lurks there. Check out this showing on October 6.

On October 20, is the viewing of MWA: From the Outback to the Cosmos. The MWA is a new telescope being built in Australia’s outback. This telescope will have the power to look back at the very beginnings of the Universe.

The Planetarium Sky Shows are on the second floor of Christopher Hall on Wesleyan’s campus. No reservations are required, but seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Telescope observing follows each show, weather permitting. Each show includes a tour of the evening sky, and free sky charts are available. Admission is $3 for adults, $2 for students and seniors. When accompanied by an adult, children younger than 18 are admitted at no charge. For more information, visit www.wvwc.edu/planetarium.