The Astronomy Cafe


The Astronomy Cafe  is a brand new planetarium event!  Once a month,attend an informal discussion about a different astronomical topic.  Each presentation includes aquestion/answer period and a night sky tour.  Admission by donation. (Suggested $5-7)


Earth's location in the Universe
Monday, June 13, 2016
7:00 p.m.

We once thought Earth occupied the center of the known Universe.  Now, we realize that our planet is merely the third world in a solar system dominated by the Sun.  This Sun is but one of billions of stars within a barred spiral galaxy. This galaxy, in turn, is one amongst a few dozen galaxies with the Local Cluster.  That cluster comprises a minute part of the Virgo Supercluster that, itself, is only one component within the local superclusters that is reduced to a mote in the observable Universe.  How large is the cosmos entire?    How did we determine our place within it?

 Summer night sky
Monday, July 11, 2016
7:00 p.m.
Twice a year, the Astronomy Cafe focuses solely on the night sky.  In January, we explore the winter sky.  In July, we discover the wonders of the summer night sky.  The Summer Triangle; Heracles; Delphinus the "jewel box" dolphin; the arc of the Milky Way and much more. 


Monday, August 8, 2016
7:00 p.m.
Refractors, reflectors, Dobsonians, Schmit-Cassegrains.    Telescopes are offered in so many varities, it is difficult to understand the advantages and disadvamtages of each.    Also, how does one assemble, align and even use a telescope?    August's Astronomy Cafe is all about telescopes and how to master the fear of them. 



About Us

What can you do at the Southworth Planetarium?  See a showenroll in a classattend a lecture, buy fascinating science toys, explore our exhibit area, learn the night sky.

We are open throughout the week. Not only do we have public shows, but we offer private shows to school groups, scout troops, birthday parties, business organizations, and more.

Like the Universe, itself, the more you explore the planetarium, the more you'll discover!  


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