Whitworth Ferguson Planetarium Presents "The Spring Skies"

Outdoor telescope viewing will follow Friday night programs

Posted: March 9, 2006
Buffalo State College’s Whitworth Ferguson Planetarium continues its heavenly viewing schedule with “The Spring Skies,” on Fridays (March 17, 24 and 31) at 8 p.m. and Saturdays (March 18 and 25, and April 1) at 2 p.m. The Friday programs will be followed by an outdoor observation in the real sky using telescopes, weather permitting.

Nine starry objects of first magnitude or brighter are visible in our early spring skies, according to Art Gielow, planetarium director. They are Sirius, Arcturus, Capella, Rigel, Procyon, Betelgeuse, Aldebaran, Pollux and Regulus. In addition, Gielow said, the following special objects will be located in the planetarium: the planets Mars and Saturn; the double star Mizar A&B at the bend of the handle of the Big Dipper; the Orion Nebula, a cloud of gas and dust; “The Beehive,” an open cluster in the constellation of Cancer the Crab; and the position of an external star system called the Andromeda Galaxy after the constellation in which it appears.

Admission to the program, which will run about one hour, is $5 at the planetarium door. Parking is available off Iroquois Drive in Lot S1 next to the Science Building. Other lots on campus can also be used.

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