USC Aiken and others hosts 'Family Earth and Sky Night'

USC Aiken and others hosts 'Family Earth and Sky Night'

AIKEN, SC (WFXG) - USC Aiken will be hosting a 'Family Earth and Sky Night'.

The event is in celebration of National Astronomy Day and Earth Day. Guests can expect a fun night filled with planetarium shows, hands-on activities, night-sky viewing, viewing through the Bechtel Telescope and more. It will be April 29th from 6:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m. at the Ruth Patrick Science Center at USC Aiken.

Organizers say that 'Family Earth and Sky Night' will take place rain or shine, so come prepared for all weather possibilities. For more information, science lovers can visit: or call 803-641-3313. A schedule of featured events is listed below.

Planetarium Shows: 7:00, 8:00, 9:00 p.m.

Dark Shadows: To learn how "dark shadows" are related to the phases of the Moon and to solar and lunar eclipses, join us for this live program! It includes stunning images and Digistar segments, hands-on activities, and an inspiring video of a total solar eclipse. You will also learn about an event of a lifetime!!! The moon will eclipse the sun for a total solar eclipse on August 21, 2017. South Carolina is a prime target for this special astronomical phenomenon.

Availability and Pricing: Shows are available on a first-come, first-served basis. The admission fees are: Adults $5.00, Senior Citizens $4.00, 4K-12 Students $3.00, USCA Students and Staff $1.00. Children under 4 are not admitted in the planetarium but are welcome at the other activities. Tickets are available during Earth & Sky Night. Reservations are not available for shows this evening.

Hands-on Activities: 6:30 - 9:30 p.m. - FREE

A variety of hands-on activities will be available from 6:30 - 9:30 to allow people to experience the wonders of earth and space science. Many activities will have materials you can take home with you to remember this wonderful night, and live animals will be on display, including snakes, turtles, alligators, and owls.

Night-Sky Viewing 8:00 - 10:30 p.m. - FREE

Members of the Astronomy Club of Augusta will host naked-eye, binocular, and telescope observing of the moon, planets, and stars this evening on the Lawn. There will be posters to highlight sky objects that are fun to find. Bring a blanket, towel or reclining lounge chair! There will be an opportunity to get comfortable and observe the night sky. People can stand or lie back and observe the stars appear as our patch of Earth turns away from the Sun. There will be prizes for answers to basic lunar questions; first person to see the first planet to appear, first stars to appear, and more. See the marvels of the night sky with help from knowledgeable and engaging people.

Astronomy Club members will have a number of telescopes available for use by the public. Take advantage of this opportunity to see sky objects in detail, compare different telescopes in use, and to learn about the models available for amateur astronomers. The Bechtel Telescope in the RPSEC Observatory will also be available for viewing the wonders of the sky.

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