Planetarium to showcase 'Stars of Summer'

Scott RobySUNY Oswego’s Charles H. Jerred Planetarium will present a free public program on “The Stars of Summer” every Sunday in June.

The Sunday shows 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.

“The show begins with a demonstration of the motions of the night sky,” said Dr. Scott Roby, associate professor of astronomy at SUNY Oswego and the planetarium’s director. “Next, participants will learn how to spot the constellations of summer, including the harp, the eagle and the swan. The mythology and appearance of the constellations will also be covered.”

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 information or to schedule group visits of 10 or more people, call 343-4294.

There will be no Sunday shows in July and August, Roby added, with the free programs returning in September.

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CONTACT: Dr. Scott Roby,

(Posted: May 23, 2007)