Explore the Universe at our Planetarium

csn planetariumBy Matthew Watkins

Nebulae and black holes, globular clusters and planets, stars and constellations make up the universe. The Planetarium at the College of Southern Nevada allows opportunity to explore and discover the sky as students and others partake in special screenings.

“We always try to have the latest technology for the planetarium to teach students and visitors of the College about astronomy,” said Robert Pippin, planetarium manager at CSN. “I hope that our students gain an appreciation for science and astronomy, and that they always try to expand their horizons for what could be out in space.”

Whether it’s for students or visitors of the College, anyone who watches the shows can learn valuable information. Two recent shows were held in April. “Bad Astronomy” takes a critical look at popular myths and misconceptions about science, and “Stargazing” lets viewers learn about constellations and star names.

CSN student Marileidys Estrada recently attended the planetarium’s 8:00 p.m. show to complete an extra-credit assignment for her astronomy class and experienced something unique.

“I would think that anyone who is willing to learn and pay attention would get something out of it, especially people pursuing a degree in science or science-related fields,” said CSN student Alejandro Saavedra, who was curious about the planetarium and astronomy.

The Planetarium can offer something that is valuable to the community: the knowledge of space.

The Planetarium programs, which range from simple to complex, are around 40-minutes long. School shows are offered from 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Monday through Friday. Public shows can be seen at 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Friday and Saturday with free telescope viewings after the 8:00 p.m. show on Saturday.

The cost of the shows is $4 for CSN students with an identification card and $6 for non-students. Find information at http://www.csn.edu/planetarium/.

Black hole simulator

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