WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 28, 2013

Mt. SAC Planetarium Kick Offs New Season of Programs

WALNUT, Calif.––– The Mt. San Antonio College Randall Planetarium begins a new season of programs on the stars and planets with evening and afternoon showings for adults and children starting in September.

"Secret of the Cardboard Rocket," a special program for children, will be presented on Friday, Sept. 6, at 4 p.m. In this program, two children are on the adventure of a lifetime when they build a rocket out of cardboard and go on an exciting journey through the solar system using nothing but an astronomy book, their own imaginations, and the magic of the cardboard rocket.

"Star Tales," a show on the stars, constellations, and planets, will run Friday, Sept. 6, 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.

"Astronaut," a program on what it takes to be an astronaut, will be presented on Saturday, Sept. 7, at 6 and 7:30 p.m. The exploration of space is the greatest endeavor that humankind has ever undertaken. Discover the perils that lurk in space as we subject “Chad,” our test astronaut, to everything that space has to throw at him.

"One World, One Sky: Big Bird’s Adventure," a special program for preschoolers, will be presented on Friday, Sept. 20, at 4 p.m. 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.

"Two Small Pieces of Glass: The Amazing Telescope," a program on the worlds uncovered by the telescope, will be presented Friday, Sept. 20, at 6 and 7:30 p.m. Mysterious moons, icy rings and distant galaxies were all unknown before the invention of the telescope. "Two Small Pieces of Glass" is a full dome digital planetarium show where you’ll visit a local star party and discover the cosmos through the telescope.

"Awesome Light: Discoveries from the Telescopes of Maunakea," a program on recent telescope discoveries, will be shown Saturday, Sept. 21, at 6 and 7:30 p.m. Find out what discoveries can be made with telescopes by experiencing the observatories in Maunakea, Hawaii. Chase asteroids with NASA’s Infrared Telescope, watch supernovae through the giant 2.2-meter optical telescope, and share stories with the astronomers of tomorrow.

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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