National Astronomy Day

Earth and Sky Night

Featuring the 40th Anniversary of Apollo 13

April 24, 2010


Come join us at the Ruth Patrick Science Center (RPSEC) at USC Aiken for a fun filled evening as we celebrate Earth and Sky Night . Events include the planetarium show To the Moon and Beyond, hands-on activites, night-sky viewing, even viewings through the Bechtel Telescope. Earth and Sky Night is proudly sponsored by the Astronomy Club of Augusta, USC Aiken, Ruth Patrick Science Education Center and DuPont Planetarium .

To the Moon and Beyond will feature the past, present, and future of lunar exploration and will celebrate the unforgettable Apollo 13 mission that took place 40 years ago. Learn the context for Jack Swigert’s famous quote,“Houston, we’ve had a problem here,” and discover why this mission was later termed a “successful failure.”

Apollo 13 Capsule

To the Moon and Beyond: 7:00 p.m., 8:00 p.m., 9:00 p.m., and 10:00 p.m. 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.

Above Image Courtesy of a NASA

Hands-on Activities: A variety of hands-on activities will be available from 7:00 - 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: Members of the Astronomy Club of Augusta will have a number of telescopes available for use by the public after dark. Take advantage of this rare opportunity to see 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, the DuPont Planetarium, the Ruth Patrick Science Education Center, and the University of South Carolina Aiken. (April 2010)

DuPont Planetarium
Ruth Patrick Science Education Center
University of South Carolina Aiken
471 University Parkway
Aiken, SC 29801