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Planetarium shows scheduled for 2023 spring season

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Posted on Friday, February 3, 2023

Join the Westminster College Planetarium under the stars for four different shows this spring season.

Two showings “Stargazers of Africa” will take place Wednesday, Feb. 8, and Friday, Feb. 17. “Stargazers of Africa” will take viewers to Africa for a journey connecting the stars, moon and planets to the people across this great continent. From the dawn of time, African people have looked to the skies above for inspiration and guidance, and this show will depict the mythology and lessons that have been reflected back to them. Recommended for ages 8 and up.

Showings of “Fate of the Maya” will be on Wednesday, March 1, and Friday, March 10. Viewers will get to explore the prophecies of the Mayan astronomers, while visiting the classic Mayan cities of Uxmal, Chichen Itza, Tikal and Palenque to discover how the Maya aligned their temples to watch their sky gods and use interlocking calendars to record the past to predict the future. Recommended for ages 12 and up.

“Amazing Astronomers of Antiquity” will have two showings, one on Wednesday, April. 5, and another on Friday, April 14. “Amazing Astronomers of Antiquity” is a journey of learning from the Pantheon to the ancient library of Alexandra to the pyramids of Egypt. Discover why the Pantheon is an astronomical instrument, how Eratosthenes measured the Earth’s circumference, how the Saqqara Step Pyramid depicts the turning stars and more! Recommended for ages 8 and up.

The final two showings for the spring season will be “The Navigators” on Wednesday, April 26, and Friday, May 5. “The Navigators” is a family-friendly animated show that tells the story of Maori, Pasificka and later, European navigation towards Aotearoa through the eyes of a young girl named Moko. Journey with Moko as she gains knowledge and understanding of voyaging traditions and realizes how skilled her tupuna had to be to travel the largest ocean on Earth. Recommended for ages 6 and up.

All Planetarium showings begin at 6 p.m. The Westminster College Planetarium is located in room 116 of the Hoyt Science Center.

While the showings are free and open to the public, reservations are necessary due to limited seating.

To register or for more information, click here.