February 27, 2012

Malynda Dorsey
Communications Specialist

VSU Planetarium Show: Dawn of the Space Age

VALDOSTA -- Valdosta State University’s planetarium will present Dawn of the Space Age, the fourth public planetarium show of its 2011-2012 season, on Friday, March 2. Showings will be presented at 7 p.m., 8 p.m. and 9 p.m.

The show will include imagery from the 1957 launch of Sputnik One, Earth’s first artificial satellite.

“Little bigger than a basketball and lasting only three months, Sputnik’s impact on history was tremendous -- the Space Race had begun, and Russia had won the first heat,” said Dr. Kenneth Rumstay from the Department of Physics, Astronomy and Geosciences. “Ensuing decades would see the United States eventually win the race to the Moon.”

Registration for any of the three showings will begin Friday at 6 p.m. The shows are free of charge and are suitable for ages five and up. If weather permits, the observatory atop Nevins Hall will be open to allow guests an opportunity to view the wonders of the night sky. Seating is limited to 47 visitors per show, and admission is on a first come, first serve basis.

The planetarium is located in room 3004 on the third floor of Nevins Hall and can be accessed by entering at the southeast tower and taking the stairs or elevator to the third floor.

For additional information please contact the Department of Physics, Astronomy and Geosciences at (229) 333-5752.

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