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Portable Planetarium Shows

presented by Andrea Pisacano

10:30 AM Sunday, March 11, 2018
South Fork Natural History Museum and Nature Center
377 Bridgehampton-Sag Harbor Turnpike, Bridgehampton, NY 11932

 

To celebrate International Planetarium Day, there will be three free StarLab portable planetarium shows at the South Fork Natural History Museum (SoFo) in Bridgehampton. These shows, which are being co-sponsored by Montauk Observatory, will be held on Sunday morning March 11, 2018 at 10:30 am, 11:30 am, and 12:30 pm.

Each 30-minute show will be led by StarLab educator, Andrea Pisacano, who will project the night sky on the planetarium’s domed ceiling and delight the audience with the ancient tales, myths, and legends that still help us to locate the positions of the stars at night. This is a family program designed for children ages 5 and older.

“A universal timeless experience is to look at the Night Sky. It is in a way to touch eternity with your eyes and imagination. In the celebration of legends from different cultures we experience wonder and appreciation,” said Andi Pisacano, artist and educator at Wish upon a StarLab who will present the 3 programs.

Since space is very limited, reservations are necessary: call SoFo at (631) 537-9735 or email sofo@hamptons.com and state your preferred show time and the number in your party (please separately specify number of adults and number of children).

While admission to the StarLab shows is free for everyone who has made a reservation, those who would also like to tour the museum and its exhibits must pay SoFo's regular admission fees: free for members; non-members are charged $10 per adult and $7.50 per child ages 12 to 3, children age 2 and under are admitted free.

International Planetarium Day was started in 1995 in Italy as a day to recognize the importance of planetariums. Light pollution around the world has decreased our dark skies, making it difficult to view the stars and comprehend the vastness of the Universe. Planetariums give visitors the unique experience of viewing the night sky the way it would look as if there were no artificial light interfering with the observation of the stars.

There are four main goals of International Planetarium Day according to the International Planetarium Society: (1) inform the public about the existence of planetariums; (2) define the role of planetariums, why they exist; (3) educate the public about the problem of light pollution; and (4) promote international exchanges and collaborations between planetariums in different countries.

The day also highlights the work of the International Planetarium Society (www.ips-planetarium.org), the largest organization of planetarium professionals in the world.

Montauk Observatory and SoFo extend their deepest thanks to Andrea Pisacano for so generously volunteering her time to present the StarLab shows in order to raise awareness about the importance of dark skies and the work of the International Planetarium Society.

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