The observatories two telescopes will provide views of Venus, Jupiter and its moons, the rings of Saturn and other astronomical objects. Planetarium director Dr. Lee Carkner will present a planetarium show that will reveal the mysteries of the scary cosmos including Martian invasions, the effect of the full moon and comets as harbingers of doom.
"People throughout history have viewed certain signs in the sky as a reason to fear. Luckily, the night sky doesn’t have to be scary," says Dr. Carkner, "Unless we want to have fun scaring ourselves."
Dr. Carkner will be joined by members of the Augustana College Physics Club in leading the programs and in answering visitor questions. In addition to the 14-inch reflector in the Gamble Observatory and an 8-inch telescope on the grounds, the Getz-Rogers Gallery, where images of celestial objects and a quarter-ton piece of the Canyon Diablo meteor are on display, will also be open to the public.
Cold weather is expected and the observatory is unheated so please dress warmly. In the event of cloudy sky conditions, the indoor planetarium program will still be offered.
For more information contact Dr. Lee Carkner at 309/794-3405 or visit the Planetarium at our Web site: helios.augustana.edu/astronomy
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