There is never a cloud in the sky, and the temperature is always just right at the Edinboro University Planetarium, which is once again offering in-person, on-campus shows for spring 2022.
Dr. David Hurd, director of the Edinboro University Planetarium, is excited to once again offer face-to-face interaction after a brief hiatus due to COVID-19. Programming at the planetarium, located in Cooper Hall 169, 230 Scotland Road on Edinboro’s campus, begins at 7 p.m. on March 15 with “The World at Night.”
All shows are free to the public, but seating is limited. Reservations are required, and can be submitted at https://www.edinboro.edu/planetarium or by calling (814) 732-2493. Weather-permitting, Edinboro’s observatory will be open for viewing after each planetarium show.
“After a couple of years of exploring the heavens on your own, it's time to come together and experience the grandeur of the galaxy together,” said Hurd, who has been teaching about the wonders of science and space for more than 35 years. “These programs are important to our community as they remind us of our roots and the long-forgotten quest to understand the Earth in relation to the background of the Sun, Moon, planets and stars.”
The March 15 event is specifically designed for children ages 1-12. Participants will meet our nighttime friends who live in Presque Isle State Park in Erie, Pa. The wise old owl will introduce the crowd to the local night sky.
Education turns to entertainment at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, March 22 with “Abbey Road in 2112.” This laser light program will feature music from the Beatles’ “Abbey Road” album and the Rush album “2112.”
Guests will enjoy an enchanting tale that includes all the interesting ingredients of Greek mythology – love, heroism, betrayal and combat – with “Legends of the Night Sky” at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, April 5. This program is great for all ages and incorporates Edinboro’s new state-of-the-art laser system.
“Laser Mullins” at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, April 19 will feature a laser light program featuring music from award-winning Christian artist, Rich Mullins. A short “What’s Up in the Night Sky” will be presented before the program.
The final two shows of the planetarium season will introduce viewers to the total lunar eclipse, which is scheduled to be visible in North and South America, Europe, Africa and parts of Asia from May 15-16. At 7 p.m. on Wednesday, May 4 and May 11, Dr. Hurd will host “Eclipse Mania” to share the details surrounding this celestial event coming to a sky near you. Explore the dynamics that make for a Lunar Eclipse and how to observe and enjoy the event in your backyard.