EU Planetarium Season Opening

Category:  News
Wednesday, February 3rd, 2016 at 6:23 PM
EU Planetarium Season Opening by William Stevens
The EU Planetarium opened its 2016 season on Jan. 26.

The Edinboro University Planetarium is located in Cooper Hall. On Jan. 26, Dr. David Hurd put on a show titled “Legends of the Night Sky.” The show highlighted a handful of the constellations that can be seen in the night sky around this time of year.

“Legends” focused on the constellations Scorpius, Orion, Procyon and Sirius. The show used lasers to create images on the dome of the planetarium.

The show began with the narrator introducing the story which followed Orion and his rise to stardom.

He fought the giant scorpion known as Scorpius with the help of his hunting dogs, Procyon and Sirius. Orion defeated the scorpion, but at a great cost to himself. He was far too weak from the battle and he fell. His true love, the goddess Artemis, then ensured him a place among the stars.

Hurd, who presented the show, has worked in the planetarium for over 20 years.

“We had a few years during Cooper Hall renovations [where] we were closed,” Hurd said.

According to Hurd, for the show on Tuesday, attendance “had a large proportion of EU students.”

“Student attendance is usually quite low by design,” Hurd said. “Our programs are geared towards families and we try to bring in families from the region.”

Hurd went on to describe how students get involved in the production of the shows at the planetarium.

“Cooper Hall Ambassadors of Science (CHAOS) members are always available to lend a helping hand.”

“EU students can get involved in the EU Planetarium through CHAOS or by taking classes that are taught in the planetarium,” Hurd said.

“CHAOS is an official student organization at EUP, and here students can gain handson training working with museum and planetarium visitors.”

The next show at the planetarium will be Monday, Feb. 8 and is “The World Premiere of ‘World at Night.’” This show will focus on the world at night as seen by animals. The program is family friendly and is for ages 1 to 7.

All the upcoming shows for the 2016 season can be found on edinboro.edu, using keyword “Planetarium."

“You don’t have to be an astronomer to enjoy the night sky,” Hurd said.

“Understanding the basics of the dynamics of our solar system and our place in the Milky Way galaxy can lead to observing the connection between the two, literally in your own backyard.”

William Stevens is the Campus Life Editor for The Spectator and he can be reached at campuslife.spectator@gmail.com

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