Planetarium programs examine the search for planets

  Thursday, March 23, 2017 2:00 AM
  Science and Technology, News

Pittsburg, KS

Planetarium programs examine the search for planets

As the search for planets in other solar systems ramps up, the L. Russell Kelce Planetarium at Pittsburg State University presents two programs that look at what these strange worlds may look like and pose again the great question, “Are there other habitable worlds like Earth?”

The Kelce Planetarium will present “Undiscovered Worlds: The Search Beyond Our Sun,” at 6 p.m. on Monday, March 27. That will be followed at 7 p.m. by “Extrasolar Planets: Discovering New Worlds.” The admission for each presentation is $3 for adults and $2 for students, children and seniors. The same presentations will be repeated, in reverse order, on Thursday, March 30. Doors close promptly at each start time and entry afterwards is not permitted.

“Undiscovered Worlds: The Search Beyond Our Sun,” is a production of the Boston Museum of Science. The film takes viewers on a journey to learn what astronomers are finding out about distant stars and the planets that orbit them.

“Extrasolar Planets: Discovering New Worlds,” by Loch Ness Productions, examines how astronomers find planets orbiting other stars in our region of the galaxy and imagines what these distant worlds are like.

These programs are especially timely as researchers have recently announced the discovery of scores of planets, based on data from new and enhanced technology.

The L. Russell Kelce Planetarium, located at 1702 S. Joplin in Pittsburg, Kan., provides programs for schools, churches, and other groups, as well as public programs. These programs use a Digitarium Zeta projector that is capable of projecting stars, constellations, planets, the sun, the moon (and phases), daily motion of the sky, yearly motion of the sky, and motion to view the sky from any latitude on Earth.

For more information, call the Department of Physics, 620-235-4391