Astronomy Night at Mesa Community College: A Stellar Free Show
|The planet Saturn during equinox.|
If you've ever wondered what that glowing yellow ball in the sky is, or what kind of machines humans are sending into space to take photos, check out one of the free "Astronomy Nights" at Mesa Community College's planetarium this summer.
These monthly shows give viewers a new look at the universe, and each planetarium show focuses on different inter-galactic topics. The next Astronomy Night, on June 4, is "IBEX: Search for the Edge of the Solar System."
IBEX, or Interstellar Boundary Explorer, was the satellite launched into Earth orbit by NASA in fall 2008. MCC planetarium director Dr. Kevin Healy says the planetarium show "introduces the IBEX satellite and its mission to explore the boundary between our Sun's influence and the space between the stars."
|The IBEX satellite|
The first planetarium show of the night starts at 6 p.m. Friday, with shows repeating every 40 minutes. Free tickets are handed out at the door on a first-come, first-served basis. Programming ends at 10 p.m.
|Venus, the glowing yellow ball.|
For more information on upcoming Astronomy Nights, including the IBEX show this Friday and the upcoming "Tour of the Universe with Pink Floyd" on Friday, July 2, visit www.mesacc.edu/planetarium.