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April 1, 2014

Planetarium visits ‘The Celestial Zoo’

VALDOSTA — The Valdosta State University Planetarium and Observatory will present “The Celestial Zoo” Friday as the final public planetarium show of its 2013-2014 season.

Dr. Kenneth Rumstay will take audiences on a tour of the celestial menagerie. An amazing variety of zoological specimens roam the heavens.

“Of the 88 constellations which adorn our sky, nearly half represent animals, birds, fish, or insects,” according to VSU. “We’ll tour the night sky over an entire year as we examine these, and stop to take a closer look at the animals hidden within constellations as well.

“For the gaseous nebulae which dot the Milky Way come in all sizes and shapes, and many bear a striking resemblance to our animal friends. The Horsehead Nebula in Orion, the Eagle Nebula in Serpens, and the Elephant Trunk Nebula in Ophiuchus are among the most beautiful splendors of the night sky.”

“The Celestial Zoo” shows at 7 p.m., 8 p.m. and 9 p.m. Friday, April 4. Seating is limited to 47 visitors per show. Admission is free of charge and is strictly on a first-come, first-served basis. Reservations for all three shows will be taken beginning 6 p.m. in front of the planetarium. Tickets are limited to seven per person; advance reservations are not accepted.

Planetarium shows are suitable for ages 5 and up. The planetarium is located in NH3004 on the third floor of Nevins Hall. If weather permits, the VSU Observatory will be open for public viewing during and after each show, allowing guests to see the wonders of the winter sky. Limited parking is available in front of Nevins Hall, and more is available across Patterson Street.

More information: Contact the Department of Physics, Astronomy, and Geosciences, (229) 333-5752.

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