Calendar: Club meetings and planetarium shows this week

We have two astronomy club meetings and a handful of planetarium shows on the calendar for the coming week.

Science Fact or Science Fiction?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.

Celebrate Mars!

Red Planet Day at PacSciTuesday, November 28 is Red Planet Day at the Pacific Science Center. Wear a red article of clothing to receive half-off admission.

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?”

Club meetings

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.