WAYNE – Over the past two months the Fred G. Dale Planetarium has been the place to be on Friday evenings and Saturday afternoons. Now, all are invited to attend a weekly event put on by the Wayne Area Economic Development office.
The Planetarium’s Fall 2020 season began on September 4 and will last until November 21 as Friday morning Chamber Coffee will be held at 10 a.m. on Friday, October 22. The Planetarium is located in the lower level of the Carhart Science Building on the Wayne State College campus by using the southwest entrance.
Dr. Todd Young is the planetarium director and said the fall season offers a Planetarium Show on Friday’s at 7 p.m. and Saturday’s at 1 p.m. then a Laser Show will follow the Planetarium Show.
“Come in at say 7 o’clock on Friday and learn about what’s in the night sky and learn about how old stars explode,” said Young. “Then after that you can chill out and listen to some Led Zeppelin with some laser lights.”
A brand-new laser show system of about eight shows has been introduced during the fall season as Young is also developing a Virtual Reality System.
“What I mean by that is that we’re creating a Virtual Reality Bank of Oculus Rifts and Oculus Quests,” Young added. “The idea is to let the students and the community use those for both entertainment but then also education.”
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, seating will be limited to a maximum of 25 people. Everyone is required to wear a mask. (If you don’t have one, one will be provided.)
Visit www.wsc.edu/planetarium for the detailed show schedule and how to book a private group showing. The suggested donation for all shows is $5 for adults and $3 for kids as all donations are appreciated.
Doors open 20 minutes prior to the start of a show as Planetarium shows generally include a tour of the current night sky, a view of the constellations and a fulldome video. All shows last about 45 minutes.
Contact Dr. Young with requests for virtual private shows or with other questions by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or 402-375-7471.
With a pair of Planetarium and Laser shows taking place this Friday and Saturday, make plans to catch all the laser shows next Friday, October 30 during ‘LaserMania’. From Halloween, to the Beatles, Classic Rock, Pink Floyd and Zeppelin, they’ll all be highlighted from 7 – 11 p.m. on Halloween Eve.