Planetarium to Explore Search for Intelligent Life

OSWEGO — The Charles H. Jerred Planetarium at SUNY Oswego will present “Searching for Earth’s Twin,” free programs for the public, every Sunday in April.

The Sunday shows will begin at 7 p.m. in Room 332 of Piez Hall at the corner of Centennial Drive and Takamine Street on the SUNY Oswego campus. Free parking is available.

“Since 1995, astronomers have discovered planetary systems in over 400 nearby stars,” said Dr. Scott Roby, associate professor of astronomy at SUNY Oswego and the planetarium’s director. “This new study of extra-solar planets will soon lead to the discovery of terrestrial planets like our own Earth. Learn about these new solar systems and plans to image these exoplanets in the future.”

The planetarium seats only 30 people, and admission is first come, first served. The doors of Piez Hall will open at 6:30 p.m. Because of the nature of planetarium programs, no admission will be allowed once the show is in progress.

The program will last a little under an hour. Shows are suitable for the entire family, though organizers recommend that children be age 4 or older.

Aside from the weekly public programs, groups of 10 people or more can contact Roby to arrange free shows at other times. For information or to schedule group visits of 10 or more people, call 343-4294.

The planetarium will close for three years, starting June 1, due to science facilities renovations on campus. A new and improved planetarium will open in 2013, Roby said.