Planetarium to host Sunday public shows

The Charles H. Jerred Planetarium at SUNY Oswego will offer “A Tour of the Solar System” during free shows for the public each Sunday in November.

Shows 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.

In “A Tour of the Solar System,” Dr. Scott Roby, associate professor of astronomy at Oswego, will offer an opportunity for visitors to view major planets up close, including the rings of Saturn and the volcano and ice moons of Jupiter. Attendees will also learn why Pluto lost its planetary status and explore comets and asteroids, Roby said.

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. Shows 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 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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CONTACT: Dr. Scott Roby,

(Posted: Oct 20, 2006)