Planetarium to host free Sunday shows

Scott RobyThe Charles H. Jerred Planetarium at SUNY Oswego will host free shows for the public each Sunday in June.

Titled “The Secret Life of Stars,” the show will begin at 7 p.m. each Sunday in June 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 “The Secret Lives of Stars,” Dr. Scott Roby, associate professor of astronomy at Oswego, will look at how stars are born, the life cycle of stars and the difference between such bodies as a red giant, a white dwarf and a black hole.

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. Due to 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, with a different show offered each month. 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 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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PHOTO CAPTION: Seeing stars—Scott Roby, an associate professor of astronomy and director of the college’s Charles H. Jerred Planetarium, pauses in the Piez Hall facility that will host free Sunday programs titled “The Secret Lives of Stars” this month.

(Posted: May 24, 2006)