Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Party with Sirius and Orion at SciPort on Fri, Jan 22, 7 pm; it's a Star Party

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Originally uploaded by Dan Hershman
Sci-Port: Louisiana’s Science Center will hold a Star Party featuring the viewing of stars and planets through high-powered telescopes on Sci-Port’s rooftop terrace, hands-on activities and several Space Dome Planetarium presentations on Friday, January 22, from 7 to 10 p.m.

“Interesting features of that night’s sky will be the majestically displayed Orion the Hunter and Sirius, the brightest star in the night sky,” Greg Andrews, Sci-Port Astronomy Programs Leader. “Visitors should also be able to see Mars slowing emerging as a red dot in the east.”

Programs taking place inside Sci-Port’s Space Center include: a presentation on the planet Mars by JPL Solar System Ambassador Sue Ottesen; the make-and-take craft activities Martian Landers, Planetarium Bracelets and Constellation Tubes; and the Space Dome Planetarium programs Starry Night and Eye on the Sky.

Admission is $5, $3 for Sci-Port members, and no reservations are required. Visitors are also welcome to bring their own telescopes and binoculars.

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