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West Virginia Wesleyan College Planetarium Will Hold a Grand Re-Opening

Posted
Aug 30, 2017

West Virginia Wesleyan College’s physic department will hold a grand re-opening of the Planetarium on Saturday, September 2 at 8 p.m. showcasing the new digital projector.  The doors will open at 7:30 p.m.

With a $40,000 gift from the Naylor Family Fund of the Community Trust Fund, the department purchased a Digitarium Zeta projector that is capable of full-dome movie projection. The first full-dome feature will be Sunstruck, a video that explains how the Sun was born, how it supports life as we know it, and how we must protect ourselves from solar outbursts.

After the feature movie, a tour the night sky with stories of a few favorite constellations will be offered.  Jupiter and Saturn will be highlighted and, with the new digital projector, the audience can fly to those two planets to view them up close.  If the weather is favorable, a telescope will be available to observe Jupiter and Saturn after the planetarium show.

Free sky maps will be handed out, and astronomy posters will be given to children in attendance.

The upcoming schedule includes the full-dome videos Two Small Pieces of Glass on September 16, IBEX: The Search for the Edge of the Solar System on October 7, and Cosmic Castaways on October 21.  Regular planetarium shows will be shown on the 1st and 3rd Saturdays of every month at 8 p m.

With only 40 seats available for the viewing, please RSVP to 304-473-8330 or delaney_t@wvwc.edu. The tickets are $3 for adults, $2 for seniors and students, and free for children under 18 when accompanied by an adult.