Planetarium to provide tour of solar system

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

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 for these public shows.

Dr. Scott Roby, planetarium director and associate professor of astronomy at SUNY Oswego, said the program allows visitors to explore the sun and eight major planets. “See the rings of Saturn and the volcano and ice moons of Jupiter,” Roby said. “Learn about space missions to Mercury, Pluto and the edge of the solar system.”

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 31, 2007)