November and December Planetarium Shows Announced

Wednesday, October 31st, 2012

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

On November 3, the IMAX movie of Roving Mars will feature Mars rovers Spirit and Opportunity for an awe-inspiring journey to the surface of the mysterious red planet.

“The Little Star that Could” will be the feature showing on November 17. In this video designed for very young children, one star’s journey will be followed to find a name and family of its own.

“The Search for Earth-Like Planets” will be shown on December 1. The search for Earth-like planets is reaching a fever-pitch. Does the evidence so far help shed light on the ancient question: Is the galaxy filled with life, or is Earth just a beautiful, lonely aberration?

On December 15, is the viewing of Einstein’s Messengers. This video documents the unfolding story of LIGO, the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory, as it searches for the ripples of space-time called gravitational waves. Albert Einstein first predicted these waves in his theory of relativity, but for years their effects were regarded as too small to measure.

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.