Westminster College Announces Planetarium's Spring Schedule

Friday, February 7, 2014

NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. - Westminster College announces several planetarium shows for the Spring 2014 season. All shows are free and open to the public. Reservations are required due to limited seating. 

"One World, One Sky: Big Bird's Adventure"
Feb. 15, 2:30 p.m.
March 8, 3 p.m.
April 12, 4:30 p.m.

Explore the night sky with your favorite friends from Sesame Street! Big Bird, Elmo and their friend from China, Hu Hu Zhu, take viewers on a journey of discovery to learn about the Big Dipper, the North Star, the Sun and the Moon. Appropriate for ages 3-6 years old.

"Secret of the Cardboard Rocket"
Feb. 15, 4 p.m.
March 8, 4:30 p.m.
April 12, 6 p.m.

This film follows the daring adventure of a young girl and boy who turn a cardboard box into a rocket to visit the Sun, Moon and planets. They take along all the essentials, including balloons full of air and an astronomy book that talks.

This is a great program for introducing kids to the solar system: they'll learn what a planet is, how the planets are different from each other, and why our Earth is such a special place. Appropriate for ages 5-10 years old.

"Dinosaurs at Dusk"
Feb. 15, 5:30 p.m.
March 8, 6 p.m.
April 12, 7:30 p.m.

This film is a learning adventure of a father and his teenage daughter Lucy, who share a fascination for all things that fly. You'll travel back in time to meet the pterosaurs and the ancestors of modern-day birds - the feathered dinosaurs. Lucy and her father navigate from continent to continent, looking for clues about the origins of flight. When time runs out they experience first-hand the cataclysmic "last day" of the dinosaurs.

Science content in this film includes the continental drift, the proper motion of stars, asteroids and impacts, extinctions, and the convergent development of flight among species. Appropriate for ages 5-13 years old.

Public Stargazing (weather permitting)
Feb. 15, 6:45 p.m.
March 8, 7:15 p.m.
April 12, 8:45 p.m.

Visit www.westminster.edu/planetarium or call 724-946-STAR for more information or to make reservations.

About Westminster College...
Founded in 1852 and related to the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), Westminster College ranks first in the nation as "Best College for Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math," according to Forbes.com. Westminster is a top-tier liberal arts college and a national leader in graduation rate performance, according to U.S. News Best Colleges guide. Westminster is also honored as one of "The Best 378 Colleges" by The Princeton Review, and is named to the President's Honor Roll for excellence in service learning.

Nearly 1,600 undergraduate and graduate students benefit from individualized attention from dedicated faculty while choosing from 41 majors and nearly 100 organizations on the New Wilmington, Pa., campus. Visit www.westminster.edu/advantage to view "Advantage: Westminster" A Strategic Plan 2010-2020.