New programs coming to College’s Planetarium in April and May

Over seven days in April and May, Marietta College will be offering three new shows at the Anderson Hancock Planetarium.

It all starts with a “Bonus” program called Dynamic Earth at 7 p.m., Tuesday, April 24. Dynamic Earth will also be shown at 3:30 p.m., Sunday, April 29 and 7 p.m., Tuesday, May 1. Reservations are currently being taken for this program.

For a limited time only, the College will be screening the new Spitz production Dynamic Earth. This program deals with the Earth’s climate and it contains some spectacular visuals. A brief star talk will precede the new video. Instead of donations, the Planetarium staff will ask visitors to fill out a brief survey about the program.

Cosmic Colors is the scheduled April show and it will have two programs — 7 p.m., Thursday, April 26 and 2 p.m., Sunday, April 29. The full-dome show is produced by the Great Lakes Planetarium Association. Accompanying this video will be a live star talk focusing on some of the colors that we can see in the night sky. Reservations are currently being taken for this program.

On June 5, everyone on Earth will have the opportunity to witness a rare astronomical occurrence — the passage of Venus in front of the Sun. If you miss this one, well, you’ll have to wait until 2117 to see it again.

So the Marietta Planetarium will give a mostly-live presentation called Transit of Venus that will explain what a Venus transit is, why it does not happen more often, the historical importance of Venus transits within astronomy, and other ways in which astronomers use planetary transits to learn about the universe. The shows are scheduled for 7 p.m., Thursday, May 17, and 2 p.m., Sunday, May 20. Reservations will begin on May 7.

To reserve your free spot, call (740) 376-4827 or send an email to planetarium@marietta.edu. They will also be accepting donations at the conclusion of each program and those without reservations will be admitted on a space-available basis.

The Anderson Hancock Planetarium is located on the Marietta College campus on the corner of Fourth and Butler streets. Handicap parking is available.