Astronomy series kicks off at Wetherbee Planetarium

May 21, 2015

Staff Reports, Albany Herald

ALBANY — Visitors of all ages will get to explore outer space this weekend as Albany’s Thronateeska Heritage Center hosts two space-themed events on Saturday.

#The day gets started at 1 p.m. when Thronateeska’s Wetherbee Planetarium hosts a special Science Saturday program where guests will get a chance to create their very own comets and will continue with the debut of the first installment of the four-part Wetherbee Astronomy Series at 2 p.m.

#The astronomy series debut will feature a presentation about smaller space objects and a screening of the full-dome show, “Two Small Pieces of Glass.” The astronomy series presentation will be directed by Thronateeska Staff Astronomer Jim Friese, who invites visitors to explore the cosmos and learn more about the origins.

#“Events like this tell us where we are and where we’re going,” said Friese in a press release. “People have so many questions and here is where they will have a chance to really understand another piece of the universe.”

#Admission to the Science Saturday is $3.50 plus tax per person with Thronateeska members admitted at no charge. The astronomy series presentation is also $3.50 plus tax per person, and free to Thronateeska members. The astronomy series event is also free to Darton State College students with a current student ID.

#Both events are open to children of all ages but adult supervision is required for children under 14. Prior registration to Science Saturday is also strongly encouraged as space is limited. To pre-register for the event, contact Thronateeska Programs Manager Alex LaPierre at (229) 432-6955.

#Upcoming Wetherbee Astronomy Series segments include “How to Make Planets” at 2 p.m. July 18, “Tale of Two Stars” at 2 p.m. September 19, and “Island Universes,” which also includes a telescope purchasing workshop, at 2 p.m. November 21.

#For more information on these and other Thronateeska events visit www.heritagecenter.org or contact LaPierre at (229) 432-6955.

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