Spring semester planetarium shows announced

BUCKHANNON — West Virginia Wesleyan College provides a wide range of educational and entertaining programs to area residents. Among that group of program offerings is the college’s planetarium, which features a series of shows, led by Dr. Tracey DeLaney, assistant professor of physics.

The 40-seat planetarium is located on the second floor of the Christopher Hall of Science and features a Digitarium Zeta digital projector that is capable of full-dome videos. The projector was purchased with a gift from the Naylor Family Trust via the Community Trust Foundation.

Each planetarium show begins at 8 p.m. and includes a tour of the evening sky with free sky charts. Telescope observing follows each show, weather permitting. There is an admission fee.

In addition to the regular Saturday programming, Wesleyan offers free planetarium shows for school and educational groups. Corporate functions, civic groups, and other special showings can be arranged at a cost of $50. To schedule a private planetarium showing, contact Dr. DeLaney at delaney–t@wvwc.edu or 304-473-8330.

The planetarium schedule through April is as follows: The Hot and Energetic Universe Jan. 19, The Little Star that Could Feb. 2, Solar Quest Feb. 16, Two Small Pieces of Glass March 2, Space Park 360 March 16, The Great Planet Adventures April 6 and Seeing! April 20.

For additional details about each planetarium show, go to https://www.wvwc.edu/academics/schools-departments/school-of-science/department-of-physics-engineering/planetarium/.

The planetarium is part of Wesleyan’s physics department, which has over 80 majors. In addition to offering both a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science, Wesleyan also has 3-2 engineering agreements with the University of Virginia, Virginia Tech and West Virginia University. The programs at Virginia and Virginia Tech lead to master’s degrees while the WVU option leads to two bachelor’s degrees. Wesleyan physics majors also participate in a number of summer research projects through the schools NASA partnership.