THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 27, 2012

Mt. SAC Planetarium Presents Astronomy Programs in October

WALNUT, Calif.––– The Mt. San Antonio College Randall Planetarium presents a new season of programs on the stars and planets with evening and matinee showings for adults and children throughout October.

Star Tales, a show on the stars, constellations, and planets, will run Friday, Oct. 5, at 6 and 7:30 p.m. Learn the stories behind the heavenly bodies and find out how to view them from your own backyard.

Stars of The Pharaohs, a program on the stars and astronomy of ancient Egypt, will be shown Saturday, Oct. 6, at 6 and 7:30 p.m. Travel to ancient Egypt and explore the stars and various astronomical phenomena during the time of the pharaohs. This program looks at how the ancient Egyptians used science to tell time, to formulate a workable calendar, and to align huge buildings.

One World, One Sky: Big Bird’s Adventure, a special program for preschoolers, will be presented on Wednesdays, Oct. 10 and 24, at 10 a.m. matinees. In this program, Sesame Street’s 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.

Deep Space: Binocular Astronomy, a program on using binoculars to explore the night sky, will be held on Friday, Oct. 19, at 6 and 7:30 p.m. Under the direction of an astronomer, examine star clusters, distant galaxies, and beautiful nebulas all with the use of binoculars. Binoculars will be provided.

Tales of the Maya Skies, a program on Maya science and astronomy, will be shown on Saturday, Oct. 20, at 6 and 7:30 p.m. Take a journey back in time to the jungles of Mexico and hear the stories of the ancient Maya civilization, and how the planets and astronomical events influenced the Maya people.

Halloween Happenings, a show on the more scary aspects of astronomy, will be presented on Friday, Oct. 26, at 6 and 7:30 p.m., and on Wednesday, Oct. 31, at 5 p.m. This program takes you on a journey through the universe to ghostly nebulae and spooky supernovas.

Tickets are $6 for general admission, $4 for students, seniors, and children 6-13, and $1 for children 5 and under.

For tickets, call the Mt. SAC Performing Arts Box Office at (909) 468-4050. Tickets are also available online at https://tickets.mtsac.edu and at the door before each program.

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