Planetarium to show 'Stars of Winter'

The Charles H. Jerred Planetarium at SUNY Oswego will showcase “The Stars of Winter” during free programs for the public on three Sundays in December.

The shows on Dec. 6, 13 and 20 will begin at 7 p.m. in Room 332 of Piez Hall at the corner of Centennial Drive and Takamine Street on the SUNY Oswego campus. Free parking is available near Piez Hall on campus for the events.

“The constellations of winter are some of the best and brightest,” said Dr. Scott Roby, the planetarium’s director and associate professor of astronomy at SUNY Oswego. “We will explore the legends of Orion and his hunting dogs, Taurus (the bull), the Gemini twins, and the Seven Sisters, also known as the Pleiades star cluster.”

The planetarium seats only 30 people, and admission is first come, first served. The doors of Piez Hall will open at 6:30 p.m. Because of the nature of planetarium programs, no admission will be allowed once the show is in progress.

The program will last a little under an hour. Shows are suitable for the entire family, though organizers recommend that children be age 4 or older.

Aside from the weekly public programs, groups of 10 people or more can contact Roby to arrange free shows at other times. For more information or to schedule group visits of 10 or more people, call 343-4294.

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(Posted: Dec 01, 2009)

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