We have two astronomy club meetings and a handful of planetarium shows on the calendar for the coming week.
The Pierce College Science Dome will offer a special program, Science Fact or Science Fiction, from 5 p.m until 8 p.m Friday, December 1. The evening will include lots of hands-on activities as well as a planetarium show that compares fictional planets to some real ones we’ve discovered.
It’s all free, but early reservations are recommended for the planetarium shows. Do that online.
Saturday, December 2 will be a busy day at the dome. It’s new planetarium show for children, Amazing Aurora, will run at 12:30 p.m. and 2 p.m. each Saturday during December. Following this Saturday at 3:15 p.m. they’ll run the all-ages show “Life: A Cosmic Story.” They’ll present a different all ages show each Friday and Saturday during the month.
Get in some Cosmic Yoga at 7 p.m. this Friday, December 1 at the WSU Planetarium in Pullman. The event includes live music, a yoga instructor, and outstanding astronomical images. Cost is $15, check or cash at the door. Then on Sunday, December 3 at 5 p.m. the planetarium show “Some Like It Hot” will look at temperature in the universe, from the cryogenic outer reaches to the stellar nuclear furnaces.
Activities include a special planetarium show Mars Live! that explores the history of Mars exploration and the geology and the future of the Red Planet. Catch a Mars presentation on Science On a Sphere and enjoy hands-on activities relating to the alien planet. While you’re there you might check out the IMAX® documentary, The Search for Life in Space to explore the age old question: “Are we alone?”
Rose City Astronomers in Portland will hold their monthly meeting at OMSI at 7:30 p.m. Monday, November 27. OMSI’s Jim Todd will give a behind-the-scenes tour of the newly remodeled and updated OMSI Planetarium.
The Spokane Astronomical Society plans its monthly meeting for 7:30 p.m. Friday, December 1 at the planetarium at Spokane Falls Community College.
The Tacoma Astronomical Society will hold one of its public nights at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, December 2 at the Fort Steilacoom campus of Pierce College. The indoor program will be about choosing a gift telescope. If the weather cooperates, they’ll break out the telescopes for some observing.