Planetarium to offer tour of Mars

The Charles H. Jerred Planetarium at SUNY Oswego will offer the public an opportunity for “Cruising Mars” each Sunday in October.

The show will begin at 7 p.m. Sundays in Room 332 of Piez Hall at the corner of Centennial Drive and Takamine Street on the SUNY Oswego campus. Free parking is available.

“With polar ice caps and a 25-hour day, Mars is the solar system planet that most resembles our own,” said Dr. Scott Roby, planetarium director and associate professor of astronomy at SUNY Oswego. Roby added that visitors can learn about the planet’s watery past and the latest results from the two robot rovers, Spirit and Opportunity, currently cruising the surface of Mars.

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

The show will last a little under an hour. The planetarium’s programs are suitable for the entire family, though organizers recommend that children be age 4 or older.

Aside from the weekly public shows, groups of 10 people or more can contact the planetarium director 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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CONTACT: Scott Roby,

(Posted: Oct 01, 2007)