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Telescopes, planetarium, activities star in Earth and Sky Night at USC Aiken

April 20, 2018

USC Aiken’s Ruth Patrick Science Education Center and DuPont Planetarium, in partnership with the Astronomy Club of Augusta, will present Family Earth and Sky Night on Saturday, April 21.

The annual event will feature planetarium shows, hands-on activities, night-sky viewing and viewing through the Bechtel Telescope.

Three different planetarium shows will be shown: “Magic Tree House” at 6 p.m.; “Defying Gravity: It IS Rocket Science!” at 7 p.m. and 8 p.m.; and “Seven Wonders” at 9 p.m.

Planetarium shows will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. Admission is as follows: adults, $6.50; senior citizens, $5.50; K-12 students, $4.50; and USCA students and staff, $2.

Children under 4 are not admitted in the planetarium but are welcome to participate in the other activities.

Tickets are available during Earth and Sky Night. Reservations are not available for shows that night.

A variety of free, hands-on activities will be available from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.

Many activities will have materials to take home as special mementos. Live animals also will be on display, including snakes, turtles, alligators and owls.

Members of the Astronomy Club of Augusta will hold free naked-eye, binocular and telescope observation opportunities of the moon, planets and stars from 8 to 10:30 p.m. on the Ruth Patrick Science Education Center lawn.

Posters will highlight sky objects that are fun to find.

Participants can bring a blanket, towel or reclining lounge chair to observe the night sky. People can stand or lie back and observe the stars appear.

Prizes will be given for answers to basic lunar questions; the first person to see the first planet to appear; the first stars to appear; and more.

Astronomy Club of Augusta members will have a number of telescopes available for the public to use. Participants can see sky objects in detail, compare different telescopes in use and to learn about telescope models available for amateur astronomers.

The Bechtel Telescope in the center’s observatory also will be available for viewing the night sky.

For more information about the Family Earth and Sky Night, visit rpsec.usca.edu/Events/StarParty/EarthSky2018.

For more information on the Ruth Patrick Science Education Center, visit rpsec.usca.edu.

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