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Planetarium Kicks-off Summer Under the Stars

May 27, 2010 in College News, Planetarium News

The Gheens Science Hall and Rauch Planetarium at the University of Louisville kicks off its “Summer Under the Stars” programs June 12 with a celebration of astronomy that will feature two shows, a telescope workshop, activities for children and a drawing for a new telescope.

The “Dawne Gee Star Tour,” a narrated exploration of the night sky in Louisville will be unveiled during the event.

The Astronomy Day celebration begins at 7:30 p.m. with activities for children and a telescope workshop. Experts will be on hand to help star gazers learn how to buy, use and adjust a telescope. Several types of telescopes will be discussed and telescope owners are encouraged to bring their own telescope to the event. Activities for kids include building a constellation, “comet making” and an opportunity to touch a meteorite.

The “Dawne Gee Star Tour” starts at 9 p.m. followed by a laser light show at 10 p.m. The cost for all shows and events is $5 per person and free for planetarium members.

Other “Summer Under the Stars” programs include:

  • “Galileo the Astronomer,” a free, public lecture on June 18 by Edward “Rocky” Kolb, a professor of astronomy and astrophysics and founding head of the NASA/Fermilab Theoretical Astrophysics Group. Kolb’s 7:30 p.m. talk will be followed by an 8:30 p.m. visual tour of the universe and outdoor star gazing at 9 p.m. (weather permitting).
  • Skies Over Louisville, a tour of the night sky on July 10 and Aug. 14 at 8 p.m. This program introduces stargazers to the constellations and related mythology. Cost is $7 for adults, $5 for children under 12 and free for planetarium members.
  • Laser light and special feature shows are shown at the planetarium on Friday and Saturday nights throughout the summer. Most shows cost $7 for adults, $5 for children under 12 and free for planetarium members.

To learn more or see a schedule of all planetarium programs, visit www.louisville.edu/planetarium, or call 502-852-6665.