First Star Show of the Semester—a Sell Out!

The Robert K. Wickware planetarium recently hosted its first public star show of the semester. The star theater was full of a mix of faithful attendees and newcomers, as planetarium co-director and Physical Sciences Professor Russell Sampson gave the visitors an overview of the latest highlights in space science, and then, a tour of the night sky, including an examination of the bright variable stars visible at this time of year.  Included in the show was a discussion of the strange red ring observed around the total solar eclipse in August 2017, above. Sampson showed the illustration that he produced of the eclipse and the enigmatic red ring.  At the end of the show, a packed house peppered Dr. Sampson with questions on the cosmos.