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Spring shows slated at Saint Vincent planetarium

| Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2018, 11:30 p.m.
Dr. John Smetanka, assistant professor of physics and vice president of academic affairs, gives a presentation at St. Vincent College'sAngelo J. Taiani Planetarium and Astronaut Exhibit in the campus’ Sis and Herman Dupre Science Pavilion.
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Dr. John Smetanka, assistant professor of physics and vice president of academic affairs, gives a presentation at St. Vincent College'sAngelo J. Taiani Planetarium and Astronaut Exhibit in the campus’ Sis and Herman Dupre Science Pavilion.

Saint Vincent College physics professors will lead a tour of the nighttime spring sky during public shows in the Angelo J. Taiani Planetarium on the Unity college's campus.

The free hour-long shows will begin at 11 a.m. on Feb. 17, March 17, April 28 and May 5.

The instructors will discuss concepts in astronomy and astrophysics while audience members view images of planets and deep space objects such as star clusters, nebulae and galaxies.

Each all-ages show will include time for questions from the audience and will end with a 25-minute full-dome video.

After each show, at 12:30 p.m., the planetarium will feature “The Sky above Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood.” This 20-minute interactive production is most appropriate for ages 3-10 and those who grew up watching Mister Rogers' Neighborhood on television.

The audience will explore the daytime and nighttime sky with Mr. Rogers and the animated characters from “Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood.” Following the show, Fred Rogers Scholars and other Saint Vincent students will supervise science-themed arts and crafts projects.

Because of limited seating, reservations are requested by visiting www.stvincent.edu/planetarium or by calling 724-805-2631. Private shows can be scheduled for organizations or groups of 15 to 35.

The planetarium and a related astronaut exhibit are located in the college's Sis and Herman Dupré Science Pavilion.

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