June 15, 2010
Shawnee State University Planetarium to Host Star Party
Elizabeth Blevins, Director, Office of Communications
Office: (740) 351-3810; FAX: (740) 351-3179; Cell: (740) 464-4854
940 Second Street – Portsmouth, Ohio 45662
Web site: www.shawnee.edu
A Star Party is scheduled at Shawnee State University’s
Clyde W. Clark Planetarium and everyone is welcome.
Bring telescopes and binoculars, use SSU’s telescope or
one of several that Eye-1, of Dayton, is providing.
Solar observing begins at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, June 22
with live sky tours at the planetarium at 8 p.m. and
planetary viewing at 9:30 p.m.
For those who
want to learn how to use a telescope, operators will be
on hand to teach. Activities will also be available for
both adults and children in the Advanced Technology
view in the night sky will include a crescent moon,
Venus, Mars and Saturn as well as several star clusters
and star systems.
“We will also
debut our Color Mallincam (an astronomical video camera)
and plan to stream the video into the Advanced
Technology Center's television screens,” said Arthur
Bogard, senior operator.
Party will serve as a model for future star parties
planned for this fall. Signs will direct participants to
the appropriate parking, unloading, and viewing areas. A
rain date is scheduled at 7 p.m. on the following
Tuesday, June 29. Snacks and refreshments will be
Planetarium has free public shows every Monday and
Thursday at 7 p.m. until Thursday, Aug. 12 and the
planetarium will be closed from July 20 through July 31.
Groups may schedule free private shows at the
information on scheduling your own group for a private
planetarium show, visit the Web site at
http://planetarium.shawnee.edu/ or call (740) 351-3122.
For general planetarium inquiries, call (740) 351-3147
or visit the Web site for upcoming events at the Clark