National Astronomy Day
Spring Earth & Sky Night

April 28, 2012 at 6:30 pm

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

Planetarium Show

To the Moon and Beyond: Experience the exciting adventures of Apollo astronauts on the Moon with young Carol and her dad. Learn what prompted the Race to the Moon, and become better acquainted with the attributes of Earth's natural satellite. Then, discover how NASA plans to send humans back to the Moon, Mars, and beyond! You may be inspired to join this quest!

Show Times and Pricing: 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.

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.

The Ruth Patrick Science Education Center

For more information or to make reservations call 641-3313 (Mon-Fri 9am-5pm) or after hours 641-3654 and leave a message.

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