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Planetarium Specialist - Programming Director: Ed Megill

NEWS & UPCOMING EVENTS

Special Concert Shows Return

OUR SPECIAL LIVE CONCERTS "Astronaut Lullabies" returns this spring semester. Our special live concerts staring Sonoma County singer-songwriters Jim and Kathy Ocean returns with science and astronomy related songs. We are scheduling these immersive live concert/planetarium experiences for 3:00pm on the Sundays of February 7th, March 6th, April 3rd, and May 8th.
For admission costs and other Astronaut Lullabies details along with specific details, dates, and times for these and other shows and programs offered this school year see our public shows web page..

1/1/16

The Last Quarter Moon occurs at 9:30pm PST.

1/9/16

The New Moon occurs at 5:31pm PST.

1/16/16

The First Quarter Moon occurs at 3:26pm PST.

1/22/16

This evening starts our first Spring Semester 2016 planetarium show "ASTRONOMICAL ODDITIES" and runs through Sunday January 31st and again from Friday February 12th through Sunday February 21st. The weekend of Friday, February 5th we present February's "FIRST FRIDAY NIGHT SKY" program; no other regularly scheduled public shows will be given that weekend. For specific details, dates, and times for all our shows and programs offered this school year see our public shows web page.

1/23/16

The Full Moon occurs at 5:46pm PST.

1/31/16

The Last Quarter Moon occurs at 7:28pm PST.

2/5/16

Tonight we present February's "FIRST FRIDAY NIGHT SKY" program. Although admission is free, donations to support SRJC's Planetarium are greatly appreciated. There are no regular planetarium shows presented this Saturday or Sunday; however, we'll be presenting our special "Astronaut Lullabies" live concert this Sunday at 3:00pm (see first entry this web-page for more information). For specific details about our "FIRST FRIDAY NIGHT SKY" programs and all our shows and programs offered this school year see our public shows web page.

2/8/16

The New Moon occurs at 6:39am PST.

2/14/16

The First Quarter Moon occurs at 11:46pm PST.

2/19/16

This is the last weekend to see our first Spring Semester 2016 planetarium show "ASTRONOMICAL ODDITIES." For specific details, dates, and times for these and other shows and programs offered this school year see our public shows web page.

2/22/16

The Full Moon occurs at 10:22am PST.

2/26/16

This evening starts our second Spring Semester 2016 planetarium show "THE PATH TO CYGNUS X-1" and runs through Sunday February 28th and again from Friday March 11th through Sunday March 27th. The weekend of Friday, March 4th we present March's "FIRST FRIDAY NIGHT SKY" program; no other regularly scheduled public shows will be given that weekend. For specific details, dates, and times for all our shows and programs offered this school year see our public shows web page.

3/1/16

The Last Quarter Moon occurs at 3:11pm PST.

3/4/16

Tonight we present March's "FIRST FRIDAY NIGHT SKY" program. Although admission is free, donations to support SRJC's Planetarium are greatly appreciated. There are no regular planetarium shows scheduled to be presented this Saturday or Sunday; however, we'll be presenting our special "Astronaut Lullabies" live concert this Sunday at 3:00pm (see first entry this web-page for more information). For specific details about our "FIRST FRIDAY NIGHT SKY" programs and other shows offered this school year see our public shows web page.

3/8/16

The New Moon occurs at 5:54pm PST.

3/13/16

Daylight Saving Time starts at 2:00AM today. Turn your clocks forward one hour before going to bed on Saturday, March 12th. Remember the saying "Spring Forward Fall Back."

3/15/16

The First Quarter Moon occurs at 10:03am PDST.

3/19/16

Today at 10:30pm PDST occurs the Vernal, or Spring, Equinox. The Vernal Equinox is the time when the Sun passes through the Celestial Equator along its upward path toward the Summer Solstice. "Equinox" means 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 Vernal Equinox marks the official beginning of our Spring season and in Sonoma County at 12:00 Noon you will find the Sun 51.5 degrees above our southern horizon.

3/23/16

The Full Moon occurs at 5:31am PDST.

3/25/16

This is the last weekend to see our second Spring Semester 2016 planetarium show "THE PATH TO CYGNUS X-1." For specific details, dates, and times for these and other shows and programs offered this school year see our public shows web page.

3/31/16

The Last Quarter Moon occurs at 8:17am PDST.

4/1/16

Tonight we present April's "FIRST FRIDAY NIGHT SKY" program. Although admission is free, donations to support SRJC's Planetarium are greatly appreciated. There are no regular planetarium shows scheduled to be presented this Saturday or Sunday; however, we'll be presenting our special "Astronaut Lullabies" live concert this Sunday at 3:00pm (see first entry this web-page for more information). For specific details about our "FIRST FRIDAY NIGHT SKY" programs and other shows offered this school year see our public shows web page.

4/7/16

The New Moon occurs at 4:24am PDST.

4/13/16

The First Quarter Moon occurs at 8:59pm PDST.

4/21/16

The Full Moon occurs at 10:24pm PDST.

4/29/16

The Last Quarter Moon occurs at 8:29pm PDST.

5/1/16

Today, Sunday, May 1st is SRJC's open house "Day Under the Oaks." This SJRC open house is a great activity for families. Many different arts and crafts, department displays, Native American dances, food and drink, and free planetarium demonstration shows along with solar viewing (weather permitting) provided by the Sonoma County Astronomical Society and the Robert Ferguson Observatory.

5/6/16

The New Moon occurs at 12:30pm PDST.

5/6/16

Tonight we present May's "FIRST FRIDAY NIGHT SKY" program. Although admission is free, donations to support SRJC's Planetarium are greatly appreciated. There are no regular planetarium shows scheduled to be presented this Saturday or Sunday; however, we'll be presenting our special "Astronaut Lullabies" live concert this Sunday at 3:00pm (see first entry this web-page for more information). For specific details about our "FIRST FRIDAY NIGHT SKY" programs and other shows offered this school year see our public shows web page.

5/13/16

The First Quarter Moon occurs at 10:02am PDST.

5/20/16

The Full Moon occurs at 2:14pm PDST.

5/29/16

The Last Quarter Moon occurs at 5:12am PDST.

6/4/16

The New Moon occurs at 8:00pm PDST.

6/12/16

The First Quarter Moon occurs at 1:10am PDST.

6/20/16

The Full Moon occurs at 4:02am PDST.

6/20/16

The Summer Solstice occurs at 3:34pm PDST. "Sol" refers to the Sun and "stice" means to stand still. Each day before the Summer Solstice the Sun appears a little higher in the sky at noon. The Sun's altitude at Noon on the Summer Solstice, as seen from Sonoma County, is 75 degrees above the southern horizon. It also rises some 30 degrees North of East and sets some 30 degrees North of West. This results in the Sun being above the horizon for 14.5 hours and below for 9.5 hours giving Sonoma County its long warm summer days. After the Summer Solstice the Sun appears a little lower in the noon-day sky each day and rises & sets further South until the Winter solstice.

6/27/16

The Last Quarter Moon occurs at 11:19am PDST.

7/4/16

The New Moon occurs at 4:01am PDST.

7/11/16

The First Quarter Moon occurs at 7:52pm PDST.

7/19/16

The Full Moon occurs at 3:57pm PDST.

7/26/16

The Last Quarter Moon occurs at 6:00pm PDST.

8/2/16

The New Moon occurs at 1:45pm PDST.

8/10/16

The First Quarter Moon occurs at 11:21am PDST.

8/12/16

The Perseid meteor shower should peak around 6:00am PDST today. Not only is it expected to peak in the early morning hours in Sonoma County, it also occurs less than two days after August's First Quarter Moon. This means that the Moon will set in the west soon after midnight leaving a dark un-moonlit sky; given good weather, this means very good viewing at the best time of the night, predawn hours, for viewing meteor showers. Each year the Perseid meteor shower is the result of planet Earth crashing through the debris of comet 109P/Swift-Tuttle. As the small pieces of debris slam into Earth's upper atmosphere and burn up, they cause the atmosphere to fluoresce and we see a streak of light called a meteor.

8/18/16

The Full Moon occurs at 2:27am PDST.

8/24/16

The Last Quarter Moon occurs at 8:41pm PDST.



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Last updated January 12, 2016
by Ed Megill and/or Travis Job