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Special Event – International Year of Astronomy: Kickoff Event

International Year of AstronomyJanuary 10th, 6:30-8:30 pm

2009 is a special year in human history: it marks the 400th anniversary of Galileo's first use of a telescope to look up at the sky. To celebrate, 2009 has been officially dubbed the International Year of Astronomy by the United Nations, UNESCO, & the International Astronomical Union. Planetariums, scientists, and astronomy lovers worldwide will celebrate with a multitude of projects aimed to promote the impact and wonder of astronomy to the general public. The Manfred Olson Planetarium plans to participate in several of these projects throughout the year, alongside its usual roster of weekly programs.

Join us on January 10th as we officially kickoff our celebration of 2009 as the International Year of Astronomy. Brave the cold and join us inside for a hot beverage and a 20-min planetarium show "Winter Skies" that will be offered at 6:30, 7:00, and 7:30 pm. The planetarium show will focus on the most prominent stars and constellations in the winter night sky. If the weather cooperates, participate in outdoor observing to see through telescopes Saturn, the Moon, Orion, and more. This event is free and open to all members of the public.

Please be sure to dress warmly. Our theater is wheel-chair accessible.