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The Moon Back in Focus at Santa Monica College Planetarium

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By Lookout Staff

September 25, 2019 -- The Moon will once again be the focus of feature shows at the Santa Monica College John Drescher Planetarium next month.

The lineup kicks off October 4 with a special observing event that uses various telescopes to view a fat six-day-old crescent Moon, Saturn and the multicolored double star Albireo.

If clouds intervene, the program will stay in the planetarium with high-resolution images, event organizers said..

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On October 11, “NASA’s Orion Crew Vehicle: The Long and Winding Road” looks at the Orion Crew Exploration Vehicle (CEV) that is part of NASA's Constellation Program to send human explorers back to the Moon.

"Designed originally to be a general-purpose successor to the Space Shuttle, Crew Exploration Vehicle Orion has evolved through various design incarnations," event organizers said.

Orion has emerged as "a dedicated deep space vehicle for a crew of four, with a possible first flight in late 2020 or soon after."

On October 18 and 25, the planetarium continues its 50th anniversary tribute to the Apollo missions that sent the first man to the moon.

The feature show "Ranger, Surveyor, and Lunar Orbiter –- Scouting the Moon” explores how the three programs "came and went quickly" but "hugely increased our knowledge of the Moon."

The feature shows and a telescope viewing session take place at 8 p.m. and are preceded at 7 p.m. by “The Night Sky Show,” which offers "the latest news in astronomy and space exploration, a family-friendly 'tour' of the constellations and answers to astronomy-related questions.

The John Drescher Planetarium, which features a Digistar projection system, is located near the elevators on the second floor of Drescher Hall, 1900 Pico Boulevard.

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 older and children age 12 and under) for a single show or telescope-viewing session.

For more information call (310) 434-3005 or visit All shows are subject to change or cancellation without notice.

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