Zacheis final presentation for spring is May 5

(04-27-2012)

Adams State College Zacheis Planetarium has scheduled its final public program prior to closing the theater for the summer for renovation. This program, to be held on Saturday, May 5, is intended to help astronomy-minded people prepare for two upcoming celestial events. On May 20, an annular solar eclipse will be visible from Albuquerque, and on June 5 Venus will pass in front of the sun for the last time during our lifetimes.

The free, 30-minute program will give some background on both eclipses and transits. It will also explain several ways of observing solar events safely. The program inside the theater will be offered at 2 p.m., 2:45 p.m., and 3:30 p.m. Telescopes and other safe sun-viewing methods will be available outside the planetarium from 1:30 p.m. until 4:30 p.m. Through the telescopes you will be able to view sunspots, solar flares, and surface filaments. Other methods of viewing the sun will be on display so you can decide how you want to enjoy the eclipse and transit.

This program will coincide with Cinco de Mayo celebrations on the Richardson Hall lawn where Adams State student clubs will sell a fiesta of food as a fundraiser. The Adams State celebration of Cinco de Mayo concludes with the Flamenco Dance Troupe, Luna Moruna, from Spain, at 7 p.m. in Carson Auditorium. Admission to the Flamenco event is $5 per person, children 12 and under free.