Planetarium to present public shows in December

The Charles H. Jerred Planetarium will offer a glimpse at “The Stars of Winter” during free shows for the public the first three Sundays in December.

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. There will be no shows Dec. 24 and 31.

“The constellations of winter are some of the best and brightest,” said Dr. Scott Roby, associate professor of astronomy at Oswego.  “We will explore the legends of Orion and his hunting dogs, Taurus (the bull), the Gemini twins and the seven sisters, also known as the Pleiades star cluster.”

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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(Posted: Nov 22, 2006)