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Planetarium Specialist - Programming Director: Ed Megill

NEWS & UPCOMING EVENTS

Special Fall 2014 Shows

SPECIAL PLANETARIUM SHOWS SCHEDULED THIS FALL "ASTRONAUT LULLABIES" will be presented at 3:00pm on Sunday September 7th and November 9th; also at 7:30pm on Saturday October 4th and December 6th.
This special musical program is an immersive live concert/planetarium experience featuring Sonoma County singer-songwriters Jim & Kathy Oceans' collection of "space rock". Expect a mesmerizing multi-sensory journey--a poetry of heart, mind, sight and sound--as the planetarium's night sky and captivating astronomical visuals are choreographed to original live music. From "Sugar in Space" to "Coming of Age in the Milky Way ", from reggae to ragas, you are invited to contemplate our place in space on planet Earth.
Advance tickets ($15 general/$10 student and senior) can be purchased on-line at http://oceanworks.eventbrite.com; or at the door ($20 general/$15 student and senior). SRJC parking permits are required and are included in the purchase price; arrive at the Planetarium in time to obtain a parking permit, place it on your vehicle's dashboard, and return to the Planetarium before the show start time. Doors open 30 minutes before show times.
For specific details, dates, and times for these and other shows and programs offered this school year see our public shows web page.

8/3/14

The First Quarter Moon occurs at 5:50PM PDST.

8/10/14

The Full Moon occurs at 6:09AM PDST.

8/12/14

The Perseid meteor shower should peak around 12 noon PDST today. Not only is it expected to peak at mid-day in Sonoma County, it also occurs less than two day after Augustís Full Moon. This means that a near full Moon will brighten the sky all night long, the night before and after the expected peak. As a result this year's Perseid meteor shower will expectedly be extremely poor with only the brightest few meteors possibly seen the night before or after the peak. Each year the Perseid meteor shower results from planet Earth crashing through the debris of comet 109P/Swift-Tuttle. As the small pieces of debris slam into Earthís upper atmosphere and burn up, they cause the atmosphere to fluoresce and we see a streak of light called a meteor.

8/17/14

The Last Quarter Moon occurs at 12:01AM PDST.

8/25/14

The New Moon occurs at 7:13AM PDST.

9/2/14

The First Quarter Moon occurs at 4:11AM PDST.

9/5/14

Tonight we present September's "FIRST FRIDAY NIGHT SKY" program. Although admission is free, donations to support SRJC's Planetarium are greatly appreciated. No planetarium show on Saturday; fall special show "Astronaut Lullabies" will be presented Sunday at 3:00PM. For specific details about our "FIRST FRIDAY NIGHT SKY" programs and other shows offered this school year see our public shows web page.

9/7/14

"SPECIAL WEEKEND SHOW "ASTRONAUNT LULLABIES" to be presented at 3:00pm today. For details see the special show article at the top of this page.

9/8/14

The Full Moon occurs at 6:38PM PDST.

9/15/14

The Last Quarter Moon occurs at 7:05PM PDST.

9/19/14

This evening starts our first fall semester 2014 planetarium show "MARS" and runs through Sunday September 28th and again from Friday October 10th through Sunday October 19th. The weekend of Friday, October 3rd we present October's "FIRST FRIDAY NIGHT SKY" program; no other regularly scheduled public shows will be given that weekend. For specific details, dates, and times for these and other shows and programs offered this school year see our public shows web page.

9/22/13

The Autumnal, or Fall Equinox occurs at 7:29PM PDST today. The Autumnal Equinox happens when the Sun passes through the Celestial Equator on its downward path toward the Winter Solstice. The Celestial Equator is the Earthís equator extended as a great circle out into space. Equinox refers to equal night. At the time of Equinox the Sun is essentially above and below the horizon an equal amount of time for all locations on planet Earth. The Autumnal, or Fall, Equinox marks the official beginning of our Fall season of the year. On the Autumnal Equinox in Sonoma County, at 12:00 Noon, you will find the Sun 52.5 degrees above the southern horizon.

9/23/14

The New Moon occurs at 11:14PM PDST.

10/1/14

The First Quarter Moon occurs at 12:33AM PDST.

10/3/14

Tonight we present October's "FIRST FRIDAY NIGHT SKY" program. Although admission is free, donations to support SRJC's Planetarium are greatly appreciated. Fall special planetarium show "Astronaut Lullabies" will be presented Saturday at 7:00PM; no planetarium show on Sunday. For specific details about our "FIRST FRIDAY NIGHT SKY" programs and other shows offered this school year see our public shows web page.

10/4/14

"SPECIAL WEEKEND SHOW "ASTRONAUNT LULLABIES" to be presented at 7:30pm today. For details see the special show article at the top of this page.

10/8/14

The Full Moon occurs at 3:51AM PDST. But wait, that's not all, occurring with this full moon will be a total lunar eclipse. Totality begins 3:25AM, greatest eclipse at 3:56AM, and totality ends 4:24AM.And this is not all; This Full Moon is known as the Harvest Moon. It is the Full Moon that occurs closest to the Autumnal, or Fall Equinox. At this time of year the Moon has a low angle-of-ascent along the eastern horizon, as a result it appears to rise at nearly the same time each night. By doing so and being full, moonshine brightens the Earthís surface from twilight into the night hours for several days. This was said to allow harvesting of crops into the night hours; therefore, a Harvest Moon.

10/15/14

The Last Quarter Moon occurs at 12:12PM PDST.

10/17/11

This is the last weekend to see our first fall semester 2014 planetarium show "MARS." Next Friday we'll present the first showing of our second fall semester shows "THE MOON." For specific details, dates, and times for these and other shows and programs offered this school year see our public shows web page.

10/23/14

The New Moon occurs at 2:57PM PDST. But wait, that's not all, occurring with this new moon will be a partial penumbral solar eclipse seen from Sonoma County. About half of the Sun's disk will be darkened by the moon partially passing in front on the Sun. Although some folks may notice a slight faint dip in the afternoon's sunlight, the effect will best be seen only through approved indirect or solar filtered observation. (CAUTION, NEVER LOOK DIRECTLY AT THE SUN ANYTIME ANY PART OF THE BRIGHT SURFACE, the photosphere, IS SHOWING; DIRECTLY VIEWING THE SUN CAN EASILY DAMAGE EYE SIGHT. Do so only by indirect means or through commercially manufactured solar filters).

10/24/14

This evening starts our second fall semester 2014 planetarium show "THE MOON" and runs through Sunday November 2nd and again from Friday November 14th through Sunday November 23rd. The weekend of Friday, November 7th we present November's "FIRST FRIDAY NIGHT SKY" program; no other regularly scheduled public shows will be given that weekend. For specific details, dates, and times for these and other shows and programs offered this school year see our public shows web page.

10/31/14

The First Quarter Moon occurs at 7:48PM PDST.

11/2/14

Daylight savings time officially end at 2:00AM today. Set your clocks back one-hour before retiring Saturday night. Recall the saying "spring forward, fall back."

11/6/14

The Full Moon occurs at 2:23PM PST.

11/7/14

Tonight we present November's "FIRST FRIDAY NIGHT SKY" program. Although admission is free, donations to support SRJC's Planetarium are greatly appreciated. No planetarium show this Saturday; fall special planetarium show "Astronaut Lullabies" will be presented Sunday at 3:00PM. For specific details about our "FIRST FRIDAY NIGHT SKY" programs and other shows offered this school year see our public shows web page.

11/9/14

"SPECIAL WEEKEND SHOW "ASTRONAUNT LULLABIES" to be presented at 3:00pm today. For details see the special show article at the top of this page.

11/14/14

The Last Quarter Moon occurs at 7:15AM PST.

11/17/14

The Leonid Meteor shower peaks at 3:00PM today. This meteor show is quite unpredictable and may or may not provide a reasonable display. With a last quarter moon occurring three day ago, skies should be more favorable for viewing Monday night rather than predawn Sunday.

11/21/14

This is the last weekend to see our second fall semester 2014 planetarium show "THE MOON." Our next regularly scheduled public planetarium show will return January 16th with a show named "Volcanoes." For specific details, dates, and times for these and other shows and programs offered this school year see our public shows web page.

11/22/14

The New Moon occurs at 4:32AM PST.

11/29/14

The First Quarter Moon occurs at 2:06AM PST.

12/5/14

Tonight we present December's "FIRST FRIDAY NIGHT SKY" program. Although admission is free, donations to support SRJC's Planetarium are greatly appreciated. Our fall special planetarium show "Astronaut Lullabies" will be presented this Saturday at 7:00PM; no planetarium show this Sunday. For specific details about our "FIRST FRIDAY NIGHT SKY" programs and other shows offered this school year see our public shows web page.

12/6/14

"SPECIAL WEEKEND SHOW "ASTRONAUNT LULLABIES" to be presented at 7:30pm today. For details see the special show article at the top of this page.

12/6/14

The Full Moon occurs at 4:27AM PST.

12/14/14

The Last Quarter Moon occurs at 4:51AM PST. In addition, the Geminid Meteor shower peaks about 4AM. This shower can produce over one meteor per minute. Occurring with a last quarter moon all but the brightest meteors may be easily observable.

12/21/14

The New Moon occurs at 5:36PM PST. IN addition the Winter Solstice occurs at 5:36PM PST. "Sol" refers to the Sun and "stice" means to stand still. Each day before the Winter Solstice the Sun appears a little lower in the sky at noon. The Sunís altitude at Noon on the Winter Solstice, as seen from Sonoma County, is just 28 degrees above the southern horizon. After the Winter Solstice the Sun appears a little higher each day at noon. This results in increased daytime hours each day (until the Summer solstice) and is considered the beginning of the natural new year

12/28/14

The First Quarter Moon occurs at 10:31AM4:51AM PST.



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