EU planetarium prepares for another season of star gazing

Category:  News
Wednesday, September 5th, 2018 at 5:35 PM

Since 1968, the planetarium at Edinboro University has hosted visitors young and old alike. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the opening and there are a variety of events that visitors can attend to help celebrate the occasion.

“For the last five decades, we have been providing informational entertainment to all audiences, from curious children to lifelong learners,” Jacob Sails, an Edinboro geoscience student who works alongside planetarium director Dr. David Hurd, said.

“All of the knowledge and history from the last 50 years, will be on display during another exciting season,” Sails said.

 “The EU Planetarium is so excited to bring a wide variety of family oriented programs this fall. All programs are free but by reservation only,” Hurd explained. “Explore the night sky with us during our shows where we will always leave the lights off for you.”

From laser shows and legends, to seasonal constellations, here are the events for the planetarium’s 50th anniversary season this semester:

Wednesdays, Sept. 5 and Oct. 17, 7 p.m.
“What’s Up Wednesdays” — The name says it all. Explore current constellations and other objects visible in your backyard.

Saturday, Sept. 8, 5 p.m. and 7 p.m.
“Celtic Nights” — In conjunction with the Edinboro Highland Games & Scottish Festival, the Edinboro University Planetarium will journey to Edinburgh, Scotland to relive the night sky over Edinburgh while learning about Celtic constellations, Scottish traditions and mythology.

Monday, Sept. 10, 7 p.m.
“Legends of the Night Sky” — This enchanting tale includes all the ingredients that make Greek mythology so interesting: love, heroism, betrayal and combat to the mortal end. Join the EU Planetarium staff as they learn the fate of Andromeda.

Tuesday, Sept. 18, 7 p.m.
“Fall Nights”— Join the EU Planetarium staff as they explore the real reason for the seasons.

Saturday, Sept. 29, noon and 5 p.m.
“50th Anniversary Show”— In 1968, Cooper Science Center was expanded to include a brand new planetarium and observatory. Reminisce with us as we look back on 50 years of history.

Wednesday, Oct. 31, 7 p.m.
“Legends, Myths, and Spooks” — You won’t be afraid of the dark in the EU Planetarium for this family-friendly program. Come in your best costume, learn some seasonal constellations and howl at the moon with the EU Planetarium Staff. Tricks and treats will be abundant.

Tuesday, Nov. 6, 7 p.m.
“Andromeda: A Close Encounter”— Edinboro staff member Roger Sargent shares his expertise about our “closest neighbor.”

Tuesday, Nov. 27, 7 p.m.
“Laser Christmas” — Join as they celebrate the season with music from Mannheim Steamroller put to laser light. We will also highlight the seasonal constellations.

Tuesday, Dec. 4, 6 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 12, 6 p.m.
“Star of Wonder”— The annual Christmas show is a favorite. Why do we celebrate winter when we do? Why do Christians celebrate Christ’s birth on Dec. 25? Why does Santa go south for the winter? Are any of these related? Sign up for this program and enjoy the Christmas season with the Edinboro University Planetarium.

All of these programs are free, open to the public, and can be found in Cooper Science Hall Room 169. Reservations are required and can be made either at or by phone at (814) 732-2493.  

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