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Wednesday, March 18, 2020 @ 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
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Join guest instructor Trevor Chandler inside his planetarium for this amazing program (families welcome and encouraged).
The red planet Mars will be well positioned for observation in fall 2020. In advance of this opportunity, this show provides an opportunity to explore the some of the basic scientific facts that have been discovered about one of our closest space neighbors. We’ll begin by reviewing what is meant by the terms “planet” and “orbit.”
From there, we’ll go on to learn how to recognize Mars (and other planets) in the night sky before reviewing some of Mars’ physical characteristics. Mars appears to have once been a lot like Earth, with oceans and a dense atmosphere, but then it all went horribly wrong. Much of what we have learned about Mars has come from robotic missions, which seem to give rise to as many questions as are answered.
SEATING ARRANGEMENTS: The planetarium dome is 5 m in diameter. It is a small but intimate space and therefore necessary to be seated on the floor during the presentation. A small foam cushion is provided. For those with mobility issues, the dome is wheelchair accessible and chair seating can be made available for up to three guests if requested in advance.
Guest Instructor Trevor Chandler
Fee: $15 per person PLUS a $10 fee per transaction (you can register multiple people per transaction and multiple planetarium programs per transaction). All registrants under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult.
Registration Deadline: Mar. 10, 2020
Note: If we don’t have enough registrations by Mar. 10 the course may be cancelled. Maximum 25 people per session.If the course is full when you attempt to register, please sign up on the Wait List as we may add an additional time slot.