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Planetarium Specialist - Programming Director: Ed Megill

NEWS & UPCOMING EVENTS

Special Summer 2014 Shows

SPECIAL FRIDAY AND SUNDAY SUMMER PLANETARIUM SHOWS "STAR COMPASS Polynesian Wayfinding."
These shows will be presented at 7:00pm on Friday June 20 & 27 and July 11 & 18; AND at 2:00pm on Sunday June 29 & July 13.
The Polynesians are the world's greatest navigators who have sailed throughout the Pacific for thousands of years in their voyaging canoes. Join us as we discover how it was done using only knowledge and observations of the stars and nature.
Proceeds benefit the SRJC Planetarium and the Hui Pulama Mau Fund at SRJC.
Admission $10 general/$7 students and seniors (cash ticket sales only please, no credit or debit cards). SRJC's $4 parking fee is in addition to ticket sales at the door (permits can be purchased at the yellow parking permit machines). Doors open 30 minutes before show time.
For specific details, dates, and times for these and other shows and programs offered this school year see our public shows web page.

6/5/14

The First Quarter Moon occurs at 1:39PM PDST.

6/12/14

The Full Moon occurs at 9:11PM PDST.

6/19/14

The Last Quarter Moon occurs at 11:39AM PDST.

6/21/14

The Summer Solstice occurs at 3:51AM 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 Sunís 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.

6/27/14

The New Moon occurs at 1:08AM PDST.

7/5/14

The First Quarter Moon occurs at 4:59AM PDST.

7/12/14

The Full Moon occurs at 4:25AM PDST.

7/18/14

The Last Quarter Moon occurs at 7:08PM PDST.

7/26/14

The New Moon occurs at 3:42PM PDST.

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.



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Last updated June 3, 2014
by Ed Megill and/or Travis Job