Santa Monica Lookout
|The Moon, an Asteroid and a Solar Eclipse at the Santa Monica College Planetarium||
By Lookout Staff
The shows take place every Friday at 8 p.m. and are preceded by “The Night Sky Show” at 7 p.m., which "offers the latest news in astronomy and space exploration, a family-friendly 'tour' of the constellations, and the chance to ask astronomy-related questions," officials said.
The October series kicks off this Friday with a “Special Observing Event: Six-Day-Old Moon, the Ring Nebula, and a Pretty Double Star!”
The show "takes a close look at the Moon’s Sea of Tranquility, where humans first walked the surface, and the Sea of Serenity, near whose rim the final Apollo landing took place," organizers said.
The audience also will be able to gaze on the Ring Nebula and view the double star Albireo. If clouds intervene, the program will stay in the planetarium with high-resolution images, organizers said.
On Friday, October 14 and 21 the Planetarium will present “OSIRIS-REx: The Asteroid Sample Return Mission,” which looks at the mission scheduled to set out on a 2-year voyage to collect and return with samples from asteroid Bennu, organizers said
"Bennu has an orbit that carries it relatively close to Earth every 6 years, and is a potentially hazardous object posing a moderate threat of an Earth impact in the next 200 years," organizers said.
The show will focus on how the mission plans to accomplish its objectives and discuss Potentially Hazardous Asteroids along the way.
"With the solar corona plainly visible overhead, a total eclipse is one of those 'Must See' experiences," organizers said.
The show gives viewers a chance to learn about eclipses, find out its path and discuss viewing safety and weather conditions.
Tickets are available at the door and cost $11 ($9 seniors and children) for the evening’s scheduled “double bill,” or $6 ($5 seniors age 60+ and children age 12 and under) for a single Night Sky or feature show or telescope-viewing session.
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