Fall Family Earth and Sky Night

Featuring: Mars and the Mars Rovers
November 20, 2004. 6:00 p.m.-11:00 p.m.
Ruth Patrick Science Education Center at USC Aiken.
Telescope viewing, planetarium shows, astronomy lectures, hands-on activities.

Hosted By: The Augusta Astronomy Club, the Dupont Planetarium, the Ruth Patrick Science Education Center and the University of South Carolina Aiken.
The Family Earth and Sky Night will be held rain or shine. Plan to bring friends and your whole family to a fun-filled evening of celebration.
NASA Display: A special NASA display about Mars will be on loan to the Ruth Patrick Science Education Center during the Earth and Sky Night.

Telescope Viewing: A number of people from the Augusta Astronomy Club will have their telescopes available for the public to use. Come see many of the wonders of the heavens. This is a good opportunity to learn about telescopes, especially if you have been considering the purchase of one.
Planetarium Shows: The show “Roving the Red Planet” explores the fascinating red planet known as Mars. The show includes general information about Mars, discusses the spectacular closest encounter between Mars & Earth in 60,000 years that took place in August 2003, and focuses on the discoveries made by the recent, successful Rover missions. Join the NASA scientists, the special mission vehicles and the Dupont Planetarium as we take time "roving the red planet." The show will include the infamous “Sky Tonight” presenting the objects that can be seen in the night sky that evening. Planetarium shows will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. The shows will begin at 6:00, 7:00, 8:00, 9:00 and 10:00 p.m. The cost for planetarium shows are: Adults $4.50, Senior Citizens $3.50, PK-12 Students $2.50. Children under 4 years old are not admitted.

Astronomy Lectures: A special presentation about Mars will begin at 7:00 and 8:00 p.m.
Hands-on Activities: A variety of hands-on activities will be available from 6:30 – 9:30 to help people understand the wonders of earth and space science. Many of the activities will have materials you can take home with you including your very own star chart.