September 10, 2010
Elizabeth Blevins, Director, Office of Communications
Phyllis Noah, Communications Coordinator
Office: (740) 351-3810; FAX: (740) 351-3179; Cell: (740)
940 Second Street – Portsmouth, Ohio 45662
Shawnee State University’s Clark Planetarium Hosts Star
Shawnee State University’s Clark Planetarium will be hosting
a Star Party at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 25 on the east
side of the Advanced Technology Center (ATC) and inside the
The party is
open for everyone and the planetarium is asking anyone who
has a telescope to bring it to the Star Party. Anyone who
does not have a telescope, the planetarium will supply one
to use during the party.
will have the chance to build a telescope better than the
one Galileo used for his first observations of the Moon,
Jupiter, Venus and Saturn. For a $50 donation, participants
can decorate their telescope any way they like, take it
home, and help the Clark Planetarium purchase more
telescopes to use in classrooms.
Star Party two years ago brought 60 people and that number
doubled last spring at the party,” Arthur Bogard, senior
operator said. “We’re shooting to double our numbers yet
again for the largest Star Party in the Ohio River Valley in
a long time!”
activities include pop bottle rockets, coloring activities,
paper airplane contests and planetarium shows.
or organizations interested may donate equipment, time or
money. Sunday, Sept. 26 will be used as a back-up date if
weather conditions are not favorable.
If you are
interested in participating or have any questions, contact
the planetarium at