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Special Event – Creepy Constellations

October 30 and 31, 2009

Show Time: 6:00 - 9:00pm

The planetarium is pleased to present its first ever Halloween-themed astronomy event offered this year on two nights, October 30 and 31. It's going to be the perfect combination of astronomy and storytelling! Each night will feature two different planetarium shows along with outdoor stargazing set up just outside the planetarium building. Planetarium shows will focus on the constellations of the fall night sky as well as some spooky storytelling centered on the myths of these constellations. Stories will be selected for different age groups. The fun lasts from 6 – 9 pm; visitors are welcome to attend all activities or stay for parts. There will be trick-or-treat bags full of astronomy goodies for children and hot beverages for all.

Creepy Constellations

The first show, from 6 to 6:55 p.m., is geared towards families with small children ages 5 and up and takes us on a journey through the night sky and its constellations. Hear the Greek tale of a famous royal family and their encounter with the sea monster, Cetus, depicted in the night sky.

The second show, from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. and meant for older audiences ages 10 and up, also tours the night sky and its constellations followed by more Greek myths. Discover the strange mysteries of the star Algol, also called the Demon Star, in the constellation Perseus.

Weather permitting, join us for outdoor stargazing from 7 to 9 p.m. located in the courtyard south of the planetarium building facing the Science parking lot (see image above). Aside from constellations, October also affords us the wonderful chance to view Jupiter and a few of its beautiful moons.

Each planetarium show costs $2 to attend. Stargazing is free.