Planetarium

The Astronomy Cafe

THE ASTRONOMY  CAFE

The Astronomy Cafe  is a brand new planetarium event!  On the second Monday of each 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)

 

 Spring scene

ASTRONOMY OF THE SEASONS
Monday, March 9, 2015  7:00 p.m.  

Are you ready for spring's return?    After our long cold season, the air is warming, the duration of daylight increasing, and the ground is becoming verdant yet again.    Why do we experience profound changes during the various seasons?  Is it as simple a matter of Earth's tilt?  As we prepare to transition from winter to spring, join us for a talk about the astronomy of the seasons.

 

Exo planets

 KEPLER'S SEARCH
Monday, April 13, 2015    7:00 p.m.

We've discussed the worlds within our solar system.  Tonight, we extend our reach into the galaxy.  The Kepler Probe continues its search for exo-planets, those worlds in orbit around other stars.   How can the Keplerprobe find these worlds?   It is possible our galaxy might contain as many as one trillion planets.    How much can be know about them?

 Nymphs of Olympus

CELESTIAL MYTHOLOGY
Monday, May 11, 2015  7:00 p.m.

An evening of constellation and planet mythology.  The Astronomy Cafe focuses on the ancient sagas of the stars.   We not only include constellation overlays, but also artwork based on the rich mythological traditions of the night sky.

Universa; expansion

THE BIG BANG AND BEYOND
Monday, June 8, 2015    7:00 p.m.

June's Astronomy Cafe takes us to the beginning of space-time.  How did the Universe start?  How did astronomers figure out that the cosmos actually had a beginning?   Was everything once condensed into a singularity?  Will the Unverse continue forever? Or, could the Big Bang model actually be incorrect?

Night sky above a canyon

SUMMER SKY
Monday, July 13, 2015   7:00 p.m.

In January, we conducted a thorough tour of the winter sky.  Tonight, we explore the rich summer sky.    See the "Summer Triangle,"  "Hercules," "Draco the Dragon," "Delphinus the Dolphin," and, of course, the brilliant Milky Way, amongst other celestial wonders.   Join us as we explore the sky above the campfires.  

New Horizons spacecraft

WHAT NEW HORIZONS SAW
Monday, August 10, 2015    7:00 p.m.

The New Horizons spacecraft made its closest approach to Pluto in July 2015.   What did New Horizons see?  What have we learned about the Pluto system?  What scientific equipment did New Horizons employ to study these outer worlds?   We venture out to the edge of the planet system to take a closer look at Pluto. 

 

Reservations not required.   Doors open half an hour before the presentation begins.  For more information, consult our web-siteusm.maine.edu/planet, call 207-780-4249 or  or e-mail egleason@usm.maine.edu 

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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