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Planetarium shows set at Wesleyan

BUCKHANNON — West Virginia Wesleyan College’s planetarium will feature three shows in January and February. 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.

Each show begins at 8 p.m. and includes a tour of the evening sky and free sky charts. Admission is $3 for adults, $2 for students and senior citizens, and free for children under the age of 18 when accompanied by an adult.

The schedule is as follows:

Jan. 18, Galileo: The Power of the Telescope

Two eyes and two pieces of glass revolutionized human understanding 400 years ago. The eyes belonged to Galileo Galilei, and the curved pieces of glass were the lenses of his telescope.

Feb. 1, Larry Cat in Space: The show is a playful, imaginative cartoon about an inquisitive cat who takes a trip to the moon

Feb. 15, Space Park 360 Infinity: This show features full dome theme park rides, such as roller coasters, that whip you around the Sun, through Saturn’s rings, and event to a distant exoplanet.

In addition to these shows, Wesleyan offers free planetarium shows for school and educational groups. Corporate functions, civic groups, and other special showings can be arranged

To schedule a private planetarium showing, contact Dr. Tracey Delaney at delaney_t@wvwc.edu or 304-473-8330.

Wesleyan’s Digitarium Zeta digital projector was funded through a gift from the Naylor Family Trust via the Community Trust Foundation of Cumberland, Maryland.