Monday, July 11, 2011

Celebrating Neptune: Planetarium DOUBLE FEATURE! TODAY!

Two Small Pieces of Glass /IBEX: Interstellar Boundary Explorer
Farrington Building Room 102
Monday, July 11th at 3:00pm and 7:00pm
Free Admission!
In celebration of the 165th anniversary of the discovery of Neptune, the SHSU Planetarium will be showing Two Small Pieces of Glass at 3:00pm and IBEX: Interstellar Boundary Explorer at 7:00pm. He will also point out to the audience the constellations visible in the summer night sky, which is very impressive information to have on a date, gentlemen! =)
Neptune is a very fascinating planet. Here are some spacetastic facts about this windy water planet:
  • Neptune has the most violent weather in our Solar System!
  • Neptune has thirteen moons and at least six rings (that we have currently discovered)
  • The planet was officially discovered and recognized as a planet in 1846 by Galle. However, it was spotted and described before that by others—including Galileo in 1612 and John Herschel in 1830—who both mistook the planet for a star. John Herschel’s father, William, discovered Uranus.
  • Like Earth, Neptune is also tilted on an axis and so it also has seasons. However, the seasons on Neptune last much longer than a few months—they are forty years long!
  • Sailor Neptune (Michiru Kaiou) was introduced in the Sailor Moon S season of Sailor Moon. She is in love with Sailor Uranus (Haruka Tenou). In the dubbed version that aired on Comedy Central they were introduced as cousins to mask their romantic relationship, but all it did was make it very awkward! On a related note, a brand new version of the Sailor Moon manga will be on sale this September and will include a MUCH better translation! Sailor V will also be on sale for the very first time in the USA! Obviously none of this is really related to the planet Neptune... I just love Sailor Moon!
The SHSU Planetarium contains the Mediaglobe I projector, which allows visitors to take a virtual journey through space. It also allows its guest to see the night sky as it would appear to someone in any part of the world, how it appeared in the past, and how it will look in the future. The best part about this is that it is FREE and open to the public. You don’t have to be a SHSU student to appreciate the beauty and wonders of the deep space!

For more information contact:
Michael Prokosch: Physics Department staff assistant (936) 294-3664

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