March 14, 2013

Planetarium Presents The Clouds of Magellan Friday, March 15

VALDOSTA - Valdosta State University’s planetarium will present its fifth show titled “The Clouds of Magellan” Friday, March 15. There will be three showings starting at 7 p.m., 8 p.m. and 9 p.m.

“As winter gives way to spring, Orion the Hunter glides ever westward, and will soon be lost from sight,” said Dr. Kenneth Rumstay, VSU Observatory director. “Those with excellent eyesight may notice that a faint star in the sword dangling from his belt looks slightly fuzzy. This is the Great Nebula of Orion, an enormous cloud of hydrogen gas and dust within which thousands of new stars are forming. Those same individuals may also be able to spy a faint nebulous patch low in the northwest after sunset, just to the left of Cassiopeia the Queen. This is the Great Nebula of Andromeda, an enormous spiral galaxy of a trillion stars lying over two million light years away.”

Planetarium shows are free of charge and are suitable for ages five and up. Seating in the planetarium is limited to 47 visitors per show. On show night, beginning at 6 p.m. free tickets for any of the three shows will be distributed on a first-come, first served basis at the planetarium, until all seats are filled. Those holding tickets for a particular show must return to the planetarium fifteen minutes prior to show time. If weather permits they may enjoy stargazing and telescopic viewing on the roof before or after the program.

The VSU planetarium is located in Nevins Hall, room 3004 on the third floor. Limited public parking will be available in front of Nevins Hall and additional parking is available in the Admissions Office lot across Patterson Street and in the Oak Street parking garage. For additional information please contact the Department of Physics, Astronomy and Geosciences at (229) 333-5752.