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August 18, 2017

The San Juan College Planetarium’s AstroFriday presentation for Friday, August 18, is Path of Totality. Show times are at 6:30 and 7:30 p.m.

This 30-minute video teaches about the natural phenomenon that creates a total eclipse as well as the relative movement of objects in our solar system. Participants will explore the history, mythology and current science surrounding total eclipses. Hands-on web-based activities and lessons will be used to measure and approximate the angular size and distance of objects in the sky. Participants will view how the time-lapse of the eclipse will appear at the naked-eye level, then magnified, filling up the top of the Planetarium dome.

Summer sky maps will be given out while supplies last. There is no admission charge, but there is a maximum seating capacity of 60 in the Planetarium, so seating will be on a first-come, first-served basis. In order to preserve dark-adaption, no one will be admitted late once the show has started.

Due to construction of the West Classroom Complex, entrance and exit to the Planetarium is through the outside door from the courtyard between the Planetarium and the Little Theatre.

Weather permitting, a free public stargaze with telescopes will be held at 8:30 p.m. in the courtyard between the Planetarium and the Little Theatre, after the last show. The Stargaze will last a maximum of one hour.

For further information, call David Mayeux at 505-566-3361.

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