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Planetarium to Host Astronomy Day Celebration

May 3, 2011 in College News, Planetarium News

Gheens Science Hall and Rauch Planetarium and the Louisville Astronomical Society (LAS) are hosting on May 13, 6:30 – 9 p.m., an Astronomy Day Celebration that will feature stargazing, shows in the dome, games and activities for families, and a drawing for a telescope.

Activities will include rocket launches, comet-making, marshmallow shuttles, solar viewing, and a workshop designed to help novice stargazers make an informed decision when purchasing a telescope. There will also be two showings of “Skies Over Louisville,” the first at 7 p.m. and the second at 8 p.m. Cost of admission is $5 per person; ages 2 and under are free.

The second part of the event will be held 8 p.m. – 11 p.m. at the Louisville Astronomical Society’s Astronomy Center in E.P. Tom Sawyer State Park, located at 2600 Freys Hill Road. LAS members will help visitors navigate the night sky and will conduct a workshop for telescope owners. The event at the park is free but donations to the society are encouraged.

Guests will have the opportunity to participate in a drawing for a free telescope at both events.

For more information, visit the Astronomy event page, or contact Paula McGuffey at 502-852-5855.