National Astronomy Day and Earth Day
FAMILY Earth & Sky Night

May 10, 2014

Come join us at the Ruth Patrick Science Center (RPSEC) at USC Aiken for a fun filled evening as we celebrate Family Earth and Sky Night. Events include planetarium shows, hands-on activities, night-sky viewing, and viewings through the Bechtel Telescope.

Planetarium Shows: 7:00, 8:00, 9:00, 10:00 p.m.

Solar System Adventure Tour, 7 & 8 PM: Become a Planet Specialist, Math Expert or Flight Engineer while your planetarium "spaceship" takes you on an educational adventure past the Sun, Moon, and planets of our Solar System. We need you to have a successful mission!

Blown Away: Wild World of Weather, 9 & 10 PM: Viewers will be blown away as they experience the fascinating world of weather in this planetarium show. Along with spectacular weather images, this program features a journey into space to explore the Sun's effect on weather. You will also travel through the water cycle with Drippy, the water drop, and meet news meteorologists who explain what causes weather. You'll learn about storm prediction and safety as you are swept into a thunderstorm, immersed in a hurricane, and caught up in a tornado!

Availability and Pricing: Shows are available on a first-come, first-served basis. The admission fees are: Adults $4.50, Senior Citizens $3.50, 4K-12 Students $2.50, USCA Students and Staff $1.00. Children under 4 are not admitted in the planetarium but are welcome at the other activities. Tickets are available during Earth & Sky Night. Reservations are not available for shows this evening.

Hands-on Activities: 6:30 - 9:30 p.m.

A variety of hands-on activities will be available from 6:30 - 9:30 to allow people to experience the wonders of earth and space science. Many activities will have materials you can take home with you to remember this wonderful night, and live animals will be on display, including snakes, turtles, alligators, and owls.

Night-Sky Viewing 8:00 - 10:30 p.m.

Members of the Astronomy Club of Augustawill host naked-eye, binocular, and telescope observing of the moon, planets, and stars this evening on the Lawn. There will be posters to highlight sky objects that are fun to find. Bring a blanket, towel or reclining lounge chair! There will be opportunity to get comfortable and observe the night sky. People can stand or lie back and observe the stars appear as our patch of Earth turns away from the Sun. There will be prizes for answers to basic lunar questions, first person to see the first planet to appear, first stars to appear, and more. See the marvels of the night sky with help from knowledgable and engaging people.

Club members will have a number of telescopes available for use by the public. Take advantage of this opportunity to see sky objects in detail, compare different telescopes in use, and to learn about the models available for amateur astronomers. The Bechtel Telescope in the RPSEC Observatory will also be available for viewing the wonders of the sky.


We would like to give a big thank you to our sponsors: The Astronomy Club of Augusta, DuPont Planetarium, Ruth Patrick Science Education Center, and University of South Carolina Aiken.

The Ruth Patrick Science Education Center

For more information call 641-3313 (Mon-Fri 9am-5pm)

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URL: (March 2014)

Ruth Patrick Science Education Center
Center of Excellence in Educational Technology
University of South Carolina Aiken
471 University Parkway
Aiken, SC 29801