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November and December Planetarium shows planned

November 10, 2012
The Inter-Mountain

The Planetarium at West Virginia Wesleyan has announced the November and December Sky Shows, which are the first and third Saturdays of each month at 8 p.m. and last approximately one hour.

"The Little Star that Could" will be the feature showing Nov. 17. In this video designed for very young children, one star's journey will be followed to find a name and family of its own.

"The Search for Earth-Like Planets" will be shown Dec. 1. The search for Earth-like planets is reaching a fever-pitch. Does the evidence so far help shed light on the ancient question: Is the galaxy filled with life, or is Earth just a beautiful, lonely aberration?

The viewing of "Einstein's Messengers" is set for Dec. 15. This video documents the unfolding story of LIGO, the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory, as it searches for the ripples of space-time called gravitational waves.

Albert Einstein first predicted these waves in his theory of relativity, but for years their effects were regarded as too small to measure.

The Planetarium Sky Shows are on the second floor of Christopher Hall on Wesleyan's campus.

No reservations are required, but seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Telescope observing follows each show, weather permitting.

Each show includes a tour of the evening sky, and free sky charts are available. Admission is $3 for adults, $2 for students and seniors. When accompanied by an adult, children younger than 18 are admitted at no charge. For more information, visit www.wvwc.edu/planetarium.

 
 

 

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