Wayne State College to Host New Planetarium Show and Only Nebraska Site for Global Star Party
Wayne State College is the only site in Nebraska with a Global Star Party planned for the "100 Hours of Astronomy" event taking place around the world. The Wayne State College Planetarium will also host a new show, "The Science of Fun,'' each Sunday at 3:30 p.m. from March 22 to May 10 (except for Easter Sunday, April 12).
The Wayne State College Global Star Party will involve individuals at all levels of science aptitude from 4 to 11:30 p.m. April 4 at the WSC observatory just north of Lot 10. There is no admission charge for these events.
The Science of Fun show will follow a "how things work" theme that will include demonstrations and explanations to various tricks, optical illusions, roller coasters, and bad science fiction movies.
Please check out 100hoursofastronomy.org, to see other locations participating worldwide. To date, WSC has the only event planned in Nebraska. Individuals who have never experienced astronomy as well as experts are welcome to participate.
The 100 Hours of Astronomy Cornerstone Project is a worldwide event consisting of a wide range of public outreach activities, live science center, research observatory Web casts and sidewalk astronomy events. One of the key goals of "100 Hours of Astronomy" is to have as many people as possible look through a telescope as Galileo did for the first time 400 years ago. 100 Hours of Astronomy will take place when the Moon goes from first quarter to gibbous, good phases for early evening observing. Saturn will be the other highlight of early evening observing events.
Wayne State's events promise family fun and an opportunity to learn about astronomy. The afternoon will include kinesthetic astronomy and a solar system walk. In the evening, everyone can build their own telescope and watch the classic film "Destination Moon!" When the Sun goes down, the telescopes come out. Anyone with a telescope or binoculars is encouraged to bring them. Other suggested items to bring are coats, blankets and outdoor chairs. Refreshments will be provided, but families should feel free to bring their own snacks and dinnertime picnics.
For information, please contact Dr. Todd Young of Wayne State College at (402) 375-7471.