National Astronomy Day and Earth Day
FAMILY Earth & Sky Night

April 20, 2013

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 the planetarium show, hands-on activites, night-sky viewing, and viewings through the Bechtel Telescope.

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

Worlds in Motion: Discover how the Earth and other objects move through space, how fast you are moving right now, and how there is no such thing as a total couch potato. From the atoms in the air to the dance of the planets, everywhere you look, ours is a universe on the move.

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. 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: 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.

Astronomy Club of Augusta Meeting: 6:00 - 7:00 p.m.

The montly meeting of the Astronomy Club of Augusta will be from 6:00 - 7:00 p.m. in room 217. All are invited to attend. The main speaker will be Russell Romanella,
Director for Safety and Mission Assurance at NASA's Kennedy Space Center. Visit the club's website for more information.


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

Copyright © 2013 by the Board of Trustees of the University of South Carolina.

URL: (March 2013)

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