Ingram Planetarium Manager Will Snyder will present “Stars at Sunset” at 7 pm on December 2. This monthly series showcases the stars, constellations, and other celestial events that will be visible in the night sky above the Carolinas each month. In addition to taking you on a live tour of the sky, Snyder will also explore various topics ranging from the earliest history of astronomy to the latest advancements in the field.
December evenings welcome some of the most famous characters in astronomy, including Orion the Hunter, Taurus the Bull, and Gemini the Twins. Each night, Orion is climbing higher in the east carrying three bright stars across his middle that mark his shining belt. During these cool evenings, our mighty hunter is locked in a timeless battle with the charging bull, Taurus. This popular zodiac constellation carries the famous “Seven Sisters” along his back each winter. A closer look at this open cluster unveils only six stars…where is the seventh sister? Join us for “Stars at Sunset” to find out!
A free StarWatch telescope observation session will follow “Stars at Sunset” at 8pm. Trained staff will be available to assist you in operating a variety of our telescopes and to help you find your way in the sky. Outdoor observing is weather permitting, so please call Ingram Planetarium at 910-575-0033 on the day of the event to ensure StarWatch will take place.
Scheduling note: this presentation will replace “Laser Holidays” at 7:00 pm on December 2, only. “Stars at Sunset” will not be offered in January; however, the series will return in February 2017.
Ingram Planetarium is located at 7625 High Market Street in Sunset Beach, NC. Admission is free for members. Non-member, per-show admission (including NC sales tax) is $9.50 for adults, $8.50 for seniors (62+), $7.50 for children (3-12), and free for age 2 and under. For more information, call 910-575-0033, visit www.MuseumPlanetarium.org, like us at Facebook.com/IngramPlanetarium to stay up-to-date on upcoming events.