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2012

December 2012

Season of Light

  • Thursday, December 6, 2012 at 7:00pm
  • Thursday, December 13, 2012 at 7:00pm
  • Sunday, December 16, 2012 at 2:00pm
  • Sunday, December 16, 2012 at 3:30pm
  • Tuesday, December 18, 2012 at 2:00pm SPECIAL WEEKDAY MATINEE!

In December 2012, we will again present the popular holiday program "Season of Light." This program will be accompanied by a live star talk focused on the late December sky. (Season of Light was created by Loch Ness Productions.)

We will begin taking reservations for the December show on Monday, November 26, 2012.

 


 

November 2012

Black Holes: The Other Side of Infinity

  • Thursday, November 15, 2012 at 7:00pm
  • Sunday, November 18, 2012 at 2:00pm SOLD OUT!

Take a break from your Thanksgiving preparations with a visit to the planetarium! Please join us for a repeat showing of "Black Holes: the Other Side of Infinity." A live star talk about the current night sky will accompany this program.

We will begin taking reservations for the November show on November 1, 2012.

 


 

October 2012

The Cowboy Astronomer

  • Thursday, October 11, 2012 at 7:00pm
  • Sunday, October 14, 2012 at 2:00pm

Please join us for a repeat showing of The Cowboy Astronomer, a program filled with interesting stories about the night sky. A brief star talk will accompany the program. (The Cowboy Astronomer was created by Loch Ness Productions.)

We will begin taking reservations for the October show on October 1, 2012.

 


 

September 2012

The Equinox

  • Sunday, September 16, 2012 at 2:00pm
  • Thursday, September 20, 2012 at 7:00pm

September 22 is the date of this year's autumnal equinox. What does that mean? A live star talk describes the astronomical significance of equinoxes and why this day marks the beginning of autumn. Because the Sun is an important part of any equinox, we will view the 22-minute show Secrets of the Sun.

Seats for the September 2012 shows will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.

 


 

August 2012

Cosmic Colors

  • Thursday, August 16, 2012 at 7:00pm
  • Please join us for a repeat presentation of the fulldome program "Cosmic Colors." A live star talk about the current night sky will accompany the program.

    Seating for the August 2012 show will be available on a first-come first-served basis.

 


 

July 2012

Secret of the Cardboard Rocket

  • Sunday, July 8, 2012 at 2:00pm
  • Please join us for a repeat presentation of the popular children's program "Secret of the Cardboard Rocket." A live star talk about the current evening sky will also be presented.

    Seating for the July 2012 show will available on a first-come first-served basis.

 


 

May 2012

Transit of Venus

  • Thursday, May 17, 2012 at 7:00pm
  • Sunday, May 20, 2012 at 2:00pm
  • On June 5, 2012, we will have the opportunity to witness a rare astronomical occurence, the passage of Venus in front of the Sun. But if we miss this one, we'll have to wait until 2117 to see the next! (Don't look directly at the Sun! Appropriate precautions need to be taken to view this event safely!) This mostly-live presentation 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 our Universe.

    We will begin taking reservations for the May show on May 7, 2012.

 


 

April/May 2012

Bonus Show! "Dynamic Earth"

  • Tuesday, April 24, 2012 at 7:00pm
  • Sunday, April 29, 2012 at 3:30pm
  • Tuesday, May 1, 2012 at 7:00pm
  • For a limited time only, we 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, we will ask visitors to fill out a brief survey about the program.

    We will begin taking reservations for the bonus show immediately!

 


 

April 2012

Cosmic Colors)

  • Thursday, April 26, 2012 at 7:00pm
  • Sunday, April 29, 2012 at 2:00pm SOLD OUT!
  • Although the night sky may look black and white, the Universe is filled with color! Join us for the Marietta College premiere of the fulldome show "Cosmic Colors," produced by the Great Lakes Planetarium Association. Accopmanying this video will be a live star talk focusing on some of the colors that we can see in the night sky.

    We will begin taking reservations for the April show on April 9, 2012.

 


 

March 2012

Seven Wonders ( 2012)

  • Thursday, March 22, 2012 at 7:00pm
  • Sunday, March 25, 2012 at 2:00pm SOLD OUT!
  • Please join us for a repeat presentation of "Seven Wonders," one of our most popular programs! The March show will also include a discussion of some of the current wonders of the sky that we can see from right here in Marietta! We will begin taking reservations for the March show on March 12, 2012.

 


 

February 2012

Secret of the Cardboard Rocke

  • Thursday, February 23, 2012 at 7:00pm
  • Sunday, February 26, 2012 at 2:00pm SOLD OUT!
  • Please join us for a children's program that will include a look at the current evening sky, along with the full dome video "Secret of the Cardboard Rocket." All ages are welcome!

    We will begin taking reservations for the February show on February 6, 2012.

 


 

January 2012

The Winter Sky

  • Thursday, January 26, 2012 at 7:00pm
  • Sunday, January 29, 2012 at 2:00pm
  • Please join us for a look at the winter night sky, along with a repeat presentation of "Oasis in Space."

    We will begin taking reservations for the January show on January 16, 2012.

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December

Season of Light

  • Thursday, December 8, 2011 at 7:00pm
  • Thursday, December 15, 2011 at 7:00pm
  • Sunday, December 18, 2011 at 2:00pm SOLD OUT!
  • Sunday, December 18, 2011 at 3:30pm SOLD OUT!
  • Tuesday, December 20, 2011 at 2:00pm SPECIAL WEEKDAY MATINEE!
  • In December 2011, we will again present the popular holiday program "Season of Light." This program will be accompanied by a live star talk focused on the late December sky. (Season of Light was created by Loch Ness Productions.)

    We will begin taking reservations for the December show on Monday, November 28, 2011.

 


 

November

Zula Patrol!!

  • Thursday, November 17, 2011 at 7:00pm
  • Sunday, November 20, 2011 at 2:00pm
  • Please join us for a repeat performance of the children's program "Zula Patrol: Down to Earth." A live star talk aimed at children of all ages will accompany this program.

    We will begin taking reservations for the November show on November 7, 2011.

 


 

October

Black Holes: The Other Side of Infinity

  • Thursday, October 27, 2011 at 7:00pm
  • Sunday, October 30, 2011 at 2:00pm
  • Please join us for a repeat showing of "Black Holes: the Other Side of Infinity." A live star talk about the current night sky will accompany this program.

    We will begin taking reservations for the October show on October 12, 2011.

 


 

September

The Cowboy Astronomer

  • Thursday, September 22, 2011 at 7:00pm
  • Sunday, September 25, 2011 at 2:00pm

Please join us a repeat showing of The Cowboy Astronomer, a program filled with interesting information and stories about the night sky. A brief star talk will accompany this program. (The Cowboy Astronomer was created by Loch Ness Productions.)

We will begin taking reservations for the September show on September 12, 2011.

 


 

August

Secret of the Cardboard Rocket

  • Thursday, August 11, 2011 at 7:00pm SOLD OUT!
  • Sunday, August 14, 2011 at 2:00pm SOLD OUT!

Please join us for a repeat showing of "Secret of the Cardboard Rocket", a program specifically designed for children in grades K-4. A brief star talk will accompany this program.

We will begin taking reservations for the August show on August 8, 2011.

 


 

July

The Cowboy Astronomer

  • Thursday, July 14, 2011 at 7:00pm SOLD OUT!
  • Sunday, July 17, 2011 at 2:00pm
  • Sunday, July 17, 2011 at 3:30pm

Please join us for the Marietta College premiere of The Cowboy Astronomer, a program filled with interesting information and stories about the night sky. A brief star talk will accompany this program. (The Cowboy Astronomer was created by Loch Ness Productions.)

We will begin taking reservations for the July show on July 11, 2011.

 


 

June

The Telescope

  • Thursday, June 2, 2011 at 7:00pm
  • Sunday, June 5, 2011 at 2:00pm
  • Sunday, June 5, 2011 at 3:30pm

Please join us for a repeat performance of Two Small Pieces of Glass, a program about the history of the telescope! Accompanying this video will be a star talk about the early summer sky.

We will begin taking reservations for the June show on May 27, 2011.

 


 

May

Seven Wonders

  • Thursday, May 19, 2011 at 7:00pm
  • Sunday, May 22, 2011 at 2:00pm
  • Sunday, May 22, 2011 at 3:30pm

Please join us for a look at the spring sky and a viewing of our most popular digital program, Seven Wonders.

We will begin taking reservations for the May show on May 4, 2011.

 


 

April

The Edge of the Solar System

  • Thursday, April 21, 2011 at 7:00pm
  • Sunday, April 24, 2011 at 3:30pm

Where does the Solar System end? Join us for a repeat presetation of "IBEX: The Search for the Edge of the Solar System." A star talk at the start of the program will focus on the early spring sky and on what exactly constitutes our Solar System.

We will begin taking reservations for the April show on April 4, 2011.

 


 

March

Welcome Back Sun!

  • Tuesday, March 22, 2011 at 7:00pm
  • Thursday, March 24, 2011 at 7:00pm SOLD OUT!
  • Sunday, March 27, 2011 at 2:00pm SOLD OUT!

Celebrate the start of spring by welcoming back the Sun! A presentation of the fulldome video program "Secrets of the Sun" will be preceded by a star talk focusing on the early spring sky and on why March 21 is the traditional start of spring.

We will begin taking reservations for the March show on March 1, 2011.

 


 

February

Zula Patrol: Down to Earth

  • Tuesday, February 8 at 7:00pm
  • Thursday, February 10 at 7:00pm
  • Sunday, February 20 at 2:00pm SOLD OUT!

Please join us our next children's program! We will present a repeat presentation of "Zula Patrol: Down to Earth," created by Spitz, Inc. This program, suitable for children ages 4-9, explores the history of the planet Earth in a fun context. A star talk will precede the movie. All ages are welcome!

We will begin taking reservations for the February show on February 1, 2011.

 


 

January

Black Holes: The Other Side of Infinity

  • Thursday, January 27 at 7:00pm SOLD OUT!
  • Sunday, January 30 at 2:00pm SOLD OUT!
  • Sunday, January 30 at 3:30pm SOLD OUT!

Join us for a repeat presentation of "Black Holes: The Other Side of Infinity," created by the Denver Museum of Nature & Science. A star talk about the winter sky will precede the movie.

We will begin taking reservations for the January show on January 17, 2011.

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December

Season of Light

  • Thursday, December 9 at 7:00pm SOLD OUT!
  • Tuesday, December 14 at 7:00pm SOLD OUT!
  • Thursday, December 16 at 7:00pm SOLD OUT!
  • Friday, December 17 at 7:00pm SOLD OUT!
  • Sunday, December 19 at 2:00pm SOLD OUT!
  • Sunday, December 19 at 3:30pm SOLD OUT!
  • Sunday, December 19 at 5:00pm SOLD OUT!

Prepare for the holiday season at the Anderson Hancock Planetarium! The full dome show "Season of Light" traces the history and development of numerous holiday traditions, including the Yule Log, mistletoe, and the Christmas tree. The program concludes by exploring possible astronomical explanations for the Christmas star. Preceding "Season of Light" will be a brief star talk focusing on the late December sky. ("Season of Light" was created by Loch Ness Productions.)

We will begin taking reservations on November 29, 2010.

 


 

November

Zula Patrol: Down to Earth

  • Thursday, November 18 at 7:00pm SOLD OUT!
  • Sunday, November 21 at 2:00pm SOLD OUT!
  • Sunday, November 21 at 3:30pm SOLD OUT!

Please join us our next children's program! In November, we will present the Marietta College premiere of "Zula Patrol: Down to Earth," created by Spitz, Inc. This program, suitable for children ages 4-9, explores the history of the planet Earth in a fun context. A star talk will precede the movie. All ages are welcome!

We will begin taking reservations for the November show on November 1, 2010.

 


 

October

Black Holes: The Other Side of Infinity

  • Wednesday, October 13 at 7:00pm
  • Thursday, October 14 at 7:00pm
  • Sunday, October 17 at 2:00pm

Join us for the Marietta College premiere of "Black Holes: The Other Side of Infinity," created by the Denver Museum of Nature & Science. A star talk about the fall sky will precede the movie.

We will begin taking reservations for the October show on October 4, 2010.

 


 

September

Fall Skies

  • Tuesday, September 28 at 7:00pm
  • Thursday, September 30 at 7:00pm
  • Sunday, October 3 at 2:00pm

Please join us for a look at the stars and constellations of early fall. After a 25-30 minute star talk, we will view the 25-minute program "Oasis in Space."

We will begin taking reservations for the September show on September 13, 2010.

 


 

August

Secret of the Cardboard Rocket

  • Thursday, August 12 at 7:00pm
  • Sunday, August 15 at 2:00pm
  • Sunday, August 15 at 3:30pm

Please join us for a repeat performance of our first-ever public show specifically geared towards children! We will view the 30-minute program "Secret of the Cardboard Rocket," which is pitched at pre-school and elementary-aged children. A live star-talk about the current night sky will also be presented. Thanks to the Marietta Community Foundation for providing funding for the purchase of Cardboard Rocket!

 


 

July

Astronomy Now and Then

  • Thursday, July 8 at 7:00pm
  • Sunday, July 11 at 2:00pm
  • Sunday, July 11 at 3:30pm

Please join us for a look at some current astronomical happenings as well as some astronomical history. We will begin with a brief star talk discussing interesting sky events happening now and conclude with a showing of "Two Small Pieces of Glass," a show focused on the 400-year history of the telescope.

 


 

June

Seven Wonders

  • Thursday, June 17 at 7:00pm SOLD OUT!
  • Sunday, June 20 at 2:00pm
  • Sunday, June 20 at 3:30pm

Please join us for a repeat performance of our most popular program! We will view the 30-minute program "Seven Wonders" and discuss objects visible in the current night sky.

 


 

May

One-Year Anniversary Open House

  • Saturday, May 8 from 2:00pm to 6:00pm

The Anderson Hancock Planetarium has had over 10,000 visitors in its first year of operations! Please help us celebrate this milestone as well as the one-year anniversary of our dedication. Programs will begin every half-hour with seating on a first-come, first-served basis.

 


 

April

Secret of the Cardboard Rocket

  • Sunday, April 18 at 1:00pm
  • Sunday, April 18 at 2:30pm
  • Thursday, April 22 at 7:00pm

Please join us for our first-ever public show specifically geared towards children! We will view the 30-minute program "Secret of the Cardboard Rocket," which is pitched at pre-school and elementary-aged children. A live star-talk about the current night sky will also be presented. Thanks to the Marietta Community Foundation for providing funding for the purchase of Cardboard Rocket!

 


 

March

The Interstellar Boundary Explorer

  • Thursday, March 18, 2010 at 7:00pm
  • Sunday, March 21, 2010 at 2:00pm
  • Sunday, March 21, 2010 at 3:30pm
  • Sunday, March 21, 2010 at 5:00pm

Learn more about one of NASA's latest missions, the Interstellar Boundary Explorer, as we present the fulldome show "IBEX: Search for the Edge of the Solar System." The show will be preceded by a brief star talk discussing prominent constellations in the spring sky. We will begin taking reservations on March 1, 2010. There is no charge to attend the show, though we do appreciate any donations that visitors choose to make.

 


 

February

The Sun

  • Sunday, February 21, 2010 at 2:00pm
  • Sunday, February 21, 2010 at 3:30pm
  • Thursday, February 25 at 7:00pm

Tired of winter? You are not alone! Although the cold weather is still with us, days are lengthening and the Sun is returning to a more prominent position in our daytime sky. Learn why during a live star-talk and then bask in the Sun's warmth during the fulldome video presentation "Secrets of the Sun." We will begin taking reservations on February 1, 2010. There is no charge to attend the show, though we do appreciate any donations that visitors choose to make.

January

Mars

  • Thursday, January 28, 2010 at 7:00pm
  • Sunday, January 31, 2010 at 2:00pm
  • Sunday, January 31, 2010 at 3:30pm

On January 29, Mars will be in opposition. Throughout January and February, Mars will be extremely bright and will exhibit retrograde motion. What does this mean? What can you observe from here in Marietta? The live portion of our January program will answer these questions. Afterwards, we will view the fulldome video "Oasis in Space."

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December

Season of Light

  • Tuesday, December 8 at 7:00pm
  • Thursday, December 10 at 7:00pm
  • Thursday, December 17 at 7:00pm
  • Friday, December 18 at 7:00pm
  • Saturday, December 19 at 2:00pm
  • Saturday, December 19 at 4:00pm

Prepare for the holiday season at the Anderson Hancock Planetarium! The fulldome show Season of Light traces the history and development of numerous holiday traditions, including the Yule log, mistletoe, and the Christmas tree. The program concludes by exploring possible astronomical explanations for the Christmas star. Preceding Season of Light will be a brief star talk focusing on the late December sky. (Season of Light was created by Loch Ness Productions.)

We will begin taking reservations on Monday, November 30. Please call us or send us an email to reserve a seat. There is no charge for reservations, but we will accept donations at the end of each program. Those without reservations will be admitted on a space-available basis.

 


 

November

Celestial Wonders

  • Wednesday, November 18 at 7:00pm
  • Thursday, November 19 at 7:00pm
  • Sunday November 22 at 2:00pm

Free and Open to the Public. Tickets/reservations available on/after November 2, 2009.

Join us for a repeat performance of the popular 35-minute show Seven Wonders, which focuses on the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World as well as seven astronomical wonders. A live presentation before the show will describe and point out wonders you can see in the current night sky!

 


 

October

The Telescope

  • Thursday, October 22 at 7:00pm
  • Friday, October 23 at 7:00pm
  • Sunday, October 25 at 4:30pm

Free and Open to the Public. Tickets/reservations available on/afterOctober 5, 2009.

Join us in celebrating the International Year of Astronomy (IYA), commemorating 400 years of astronomical telescopes! We will view the 25-minute show Two Small Pieces of Glass, produced especially for IYA2009. There will be a live star talk before the show. (Note that this program was previously presented in July.)

 


 

September

The Equinox

  • Thursday, September 24 at 7:00pm
  • Saturday, September 26 at 6:00pm
  • Saturday, September 26 at 7:30pm

Free and Open to the Public. Tickets/reservations available after September 1, 2009.

September 22 was the autumnal equinox. What does that mean? A live star talk describes the astronomical significance of equinoxes and why this day marks the beginning of autumn. Because the Sun is an important part of any equinox, we will view the 22-minute show Secrets of the Sun.

 


 

August

The Solar System

  • Thursday, August 27 at 7:00pm
  • Friday, August 28 at 7:30pm
  • Sunday, August 30 at 3:30pm

Free and Open to the Public. Tickets/reservations available after August 3, 2009.

Learn more about our Solar System and how to find planets in the current sky. Why is Pluto no longer considered a planet? Will Mars be as big as the full Moon in our sky this month? What is a "planet," anyway? A live star talk will address these questions. We will also tour the Solar System by viewing the 23-minute show Oasis in Space.

 


 

July

The Telescope

  • Thursday, July 16, 2009 @ 7:00pm
  • Friday, July 17, 2009 @ 7:30pm
  • Sunday, July 19, 2009 @ 2:00pm

Free and Open to the Public

Join us in celebrating the International Year of Astronomy (IYA), commemorating 400 years of astronomical telescopes! We will view the 25-minute show Two Small Pieces of Glass, produced especially for IYA2009. There will be a live star talk before the show

 


 

June

Celestial Wonders

  • Thursday, June 4, 2009 @ 7:00pm
  • Friday, June 5, 2009 @ 6:00pm
  • Friday, June 5, 2009 @ 7:30pm

Free and Open to the Public

Our first monthly public event will feature viewing of the 35-minute show Seven Wonders, which focuses on the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World as well as seven astronomical wonders. A live presentation before the show will describe and point out wonders you can see in the current night sky!

 


 

May

Community Day

  • Saturday, May 9, 2009, 10:00 AM — 4:00 pm

Free and Open to the Public

Marietta College will host a special Community Day the day after the Anderson Hancock Planetarium Dedication Ceremony. Director of the planetarium, Dr. Ann Bragg, will offer special tours and presentations every 30 minutes throughout the day to showcase the dual-projection capabilities that the Goto Chronos hybrid projection system offers. The theater seats 102 guests and is handicapped accessible.

 


 

Anderson Hancock Planetarium Dedication Ceremony

  • Friday, May 8, 2009 @ 1:30pm

Location — Fayerweather Parking Lot (see map)

Free and Open to the Public

Marietta College has invited the campus community, alumni, donors and community members to celebrate the opening of the Anderson Hancock Planetarium. NASA astronaut and surgeon Dr. Story Musgrave '60 is the featured guest speaker. Planetarium namesakes Dr. Les Anderson '55 and Dr. Whit Hancock will also be in attendance. A public reception will immediately follow.