January 29, 2012
12-21

Malynda Dorsey
Communications Specialist

VSU Planetarium Show: Winter Stargazing

VALDOSTA -- Valdosta State University’s planetarium will host Winter Stargazing on Friday, Feb. 3 at 8 and 9 p.m.

The planetarium shows are free to the public and are suitable for children, ages five and up. Seating is limited to 47 patrons per show and entry is first come, first serve.

During the shows, visitors will be able to view constellations such as Orion the Hunter, which is the centerpiece of a loop of red, blue and yellow stars. If the weather permits, visitors can also spot the outer edges of the galaxy, as well as winter start, planets, moon and nebulae with the telescopes on the observatory deck.

“The winter sky appears so brilliant partly because of the large number of constellations filled with bright stars,” said Dr. Martha Leake from the Department of Physics, Astronomy and Geosciences. “But the sky has much more to offer -- our gibbous Moon, the planets, a visiting asteroid 433 Eros and the companions of the bright stars, including nebulae, which complete the story of star formation, life and death.”

The Planetarium is located in room 3004 on the third floor of Nevins Hall and can be accessed by stairs or elevator at the southeast corner of the building. Parking is available just across the street from Nevins Hall, in the Admissions area.

For additional information please contact the Department of Physics, Astronomy and Geosciences at (229) 333-5752.