EDINBORO — The Edinboro University Planetarium series kicks off Tuesday in Cooper Science Center.
David Hurd and the planetarium team have announced the schedule for the 51st season of free educational entertainment through the end of December.
“You can’t possibly look up at the sky to view extraterrestrial events and not have a deep sense of awe and amazement,” said Hurd, director of the planetarium and professor in the Geosciences Department. “Our mission at Edinboro is to bring these phenomena to campus to allow viewers of all ages to experiences these wonders.”
Fall 2019 Edinboro Planetarium schedule:
• Sept. 3, 7 p.m.: “Celtic Nights” — In conjunction with the Edinboro Highland Games & Scottish Festival, the planetarium journeys to Edinburgh, Scotland, to relive the night sky over Edinburgh while learning about Celtic constellations, Scottish traditions and mythology.
• Sept. 9, 6 and 7:30 p.m.: “Laser Rush 2112” — More than 40 years ago the holy triumvirate of Rush foretold an intergalactic war on their prog-rock album, “2112.” This show presents the newest laser light system donated by the Edinboro Student Government Association.
• Sept. 17, 6 p.m.: “World at Night” — A show designed for children ages 1 to 12, “A World at Night” allows guests to meet nighttime friends who live at Presque Isle State Park. The wise old owl introduces participants to the night sky.
• Sept. 23, 7 p.m.: “Equinox Show” — What happens during the autumnal equinox? The sun crosses the celestial equator, headed south. But why is it celebrated? Edinboro’s Planetarium team will explain the reason for the seasons.
• Oct. 1, 2 p.m.: “Laser Fun” — In cooperation with Edinboro University’s Reading Day, which features activities for students and no academic classes, this show is meant as a diversion for hard-working students. This show includes a compilation of different songs put to laser light.
• Oct. 9, 7 p.m.: “What's Up Wednesday” — Explore current constellations and other objects visible in your backyard at the Edinboro Planetarium.
• Oct. 15, 6 and 7:30 p.m.: “Abbey Road” — The iconic 1969 album by John, Paul, George and Ringo that features classic tracks like “Come Together” and “Here Comes the Sun.” Hear the classic Beatles album set to laser lights with this brand new show.
• Oct. 21, 7 p.m.: “A Night under the Andromeda Galaxy” — This outdoor show is weather-permitting. The team take its show on the road to Erie Bluffs State Park for stargazing. Dress warm.
• Oct. 30, 7 p.m.: “Legends of the Night Sky” — This tale includes all the ingredients that make Greek mythology so interesting: love, heroism, betrayal and combat to the mortal end. Join the staff as they learn the fate of Andromeda.
• Nov. 5, 7 p.m.: “Transit Show” — Every so often, the planet Mercury lines up in a way that blocks out part of the sun’s rays. This is called a transit. Be prepared to enjoy the Nov. 11 Mercury transit by attending this program highlighting the details surrounding the event. A public viewing of the transit will be held in the parking lot of Edinboro’s Walmart from 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nov. 11.
• Nov. 19, 6 p.m.: “World at Night” — A show designed for children ages 1 to 12, “A World at Night” allows guests to meet nighttime friends who live at Presque Isle State Park. The wise old owl introduces participants to the night sky.
• Nov. 25, 6 and 7:30 p.m.: “Laser Fun” — A compilation of various musical artists from the past whose music is set to laser light.
• Dec. 3, 6 and 7:30 p.m., Dec. 12, 6 p.m.: “Star of Wonder” — The annual Christmas show is a favorite.
All Edinboro Planetarium shows, which will be held in Cooper Science Center Room 169, are free and open to the public, but reservations are required.
Use the online registration form at edinboro.edu/planetarium or call (814) 732-2493 and indicate the number of seats you need, your last name and email address.
If weather permits, public viewing in the Edinboro Observatory will follow each evening show.
Laser shows are set to bright lights and loud music. Those sensitive to either should avoid these shows.