Planetarium open house will feature views of Jupiter and Saturn


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Posted Online: March 18, 2013, 1:44 pm
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Press release submitted by Augustana College


Rock Island, Ill. – Augustana College's John Deere Planetarium (820 38th Street, Rock Island) will be open to the public on Saturday, April 20, for a free evening of stargazing and planet viewing.The planetarium will be open from 8:30 to 10 p.m., with indoor and outdoor programs.
"This year's open house will feature views of Jupiter, the solar system's largest planet, and Saturn, with its magnificent ring system" said Dr. Lee Carkner, associate professor of physics. "Our telescopes will reveal both planets as well as the mountains and craters of the Earth's Moon."
Just outside the planetarium in the Getz-Rogers Gallery, full-color images from the Hubble Space Telescope and a quarter-ton piece of the Canyon Diablo meteor will be displayed with interpretive information. The nearby Fryxell Geology Museum also will be open to the public.
According to Dr. Carkner, the museum houses "one of the best collections of minerals and fossils in the Midwest," a wall of glowing, fluorescent rocks, a cast of a Tyrannosaurus rex skull, and a 22-foot fossil skeleton of Cryolophosaurus ellioti, a large carnivorous dinosaur discovered in Antarctica by Augustana paleontologist Dr. William Hammer.
The observation areas are unheated, so dress accordingto the weather. In the event of cloudy weather, telescope views may not be possible, but the indoor programs will be offered.
For more information, please contact Gail Parsonsat (309) 794-7318.

About Augustana: Founded in 1860, Augustana College is a selective four-year residential college of the liberal arts and sciences. Augustana is recognized for the innovative program Augie Choice, which provides each student up to $2,000 to pursue a high-impact learning experience such as study abroad, an internship or research with a professor. Current students and alumni include 141 Academic All-Americans, a Nobel laureate, 12 college presidents and other distinguished leaders. The college enrolls 2,500 students and is located along one of the world's most important waterways, the Mississippi River, in a community that reflects the diversity of the United States.


















 



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