It’s hard to believe it, but summer is almost over! The last Astronomy Night of the summer is this Thursday, August[masked].
Tickets for the planetarium shows will be available on Tuesday night at 8:00PM at our website: https://www.newpaltz.edu/planetarium/shows.html
YOU MUST HAVE TICKETS TO GET IN. Signing up here on Meetup does not get you a ticket.
This week is all about planets! Jupiter and Saturn have dazzled us, shining brightly in the southern sky all summer. We will look at these planets in detail, highlighting an apparent meteor that was observed on Jupiter last week. Finally, we will summarize the first year of data from NASA’s new extrasolar planet hunter, TESS (Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite). So far, TESS has found 24 new planets outside of our Solar System, including at least one potentially habitable world.
Planetarium shows take place in the John R. Kirk Planetarium located in the Coykendall Science Building lobby. The first planetarium show will start at 8:30PM and the second show will start at 9:30PM (please see the start time printed on your ticket). Latecomers will not be seated due to the darkened environment inside the Planetarium, so please arrive on time. Tickets presented after the start time listed on them are void.
The Smolen Observatory will be open for viewing if the sky is clear from 9:30 – 11:30PM. As always you can call the observatory phone number at (845)[masked] to check the weather status.
For more information and directions see our websites at http://www.newpaltz.edu/observatory/ and http://www.newpaltz.edu/planetarium/