Separating the truth from the myths about astronomy at Cernan Earth and Space Center

 

Triton College River Grove, Ill. –

Were the Apollo moon landings a hoax? Have aliens visited the Earth? Can you discover the future by the stars? The Cernan Earth and Space Center will answer these questions and more with its new set of public shows to play from Nov. 1 through Dec. 1 at the Cernan Center located on Triton College’s campus in River Grove.

The family-friendly shows will play on Friday and Saturday nights and Sunday afternoons and are open to the public.

The following shows are set to play at the Cernan Earth and Space Center from Nov. 1 through Dec. 1:

Earth & Sky Shows

Bad Astronomy. Were the Apollo moon landings a hoax? Have aliens visited the Earth? Can you discover the future by the stars? Investigate the science behind these and other popular astronomical myths and misconceptions. 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays*

Perseus & Andromeda mini laser show. This laser-animated program re-tells the Greek myths related to Perseus and Andromeda with a humorous twist. 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays*

*Please note on Saturday, Nov. 9, the 7:30 p.m. Saturday evening shows will be replaced by the Monthly Skywatch. (See below for details.)

Laser Shows

Moon Wall. This laser show features music from two of Pink Floyd’s albums – “Dark Side of the Moon” and “The Wall.” 9 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays

Mini Legends mini laser show. This sampling of songs from the Cernan Center’s collection of laser light shows features songs by Led Zeppelin, Jimmy Hendrix, and the Rolling Stones. 9 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays

Children’s Shows (best for children from preschool through second grade)

Once in a Blue Moon. This multimedia show answers many questions related to the Moon through a tale of a little girl and her cat who are visited by the Moon one night. 2 p.m. Sundays

There Once Was a Sky Full of Stars mini show. This mini show features the reading of an illustrated storybook that helps children discover the magic of the night sky, the growing problem of light pollution, and what can be done to save the vanishing stars. 2 p.m. Sundays

Sunday Sampler

Time Bandits. Travel through time with Meg, Emily and Zontar (the time bandit) as they investigate the history of time keeping. 3 p.m. Sundays

The Sunday Sampler will also include the Perseus & Andromeda mini laser show.

Admission for the Earth & Sky Shows, Children’s Shows and Sunday Sampler is $8 for adults and $4 for children ages 2 to 12 and senior citizens ages 55 and older. Admission for the laser light shows (9 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays) is $10 for adults and $5 for children and senior citizens. Children under age 2 and Triton College students with a current semester ID are free.

The show schedule is subject to change. Please call the Program Line at (708) 583-3100 for up-to-the-minute information before attending a show.

Indoor/outdoor fun with Monthly Skywatch Program at Cernan Center

Take a tour of the nighttime sky on Saturday, Nov. 9, at Cernan Earth and Space Center’s Monthly Skywatch program and enjoy indoor and outdoor activities that pertain to various earth- and space-related subjects. The event is open to the public.

A planetarium program in the space center’s dome theater kicks off the evening at 7:30 with a presentation on NASA’s plans for space flights and the latest discoveries and highlights in astronomy. A segment of a particular celestial object placed for viewing during the current month will also be shown.

Following the planetarium program, the Monthly Skywatch will convene on the lawn in front of the Cernan, weather permitting, to observe the wonders of the sky through telescopes. Cernan staff members and volunteers will be on hand to offer their telescopes and expertise to those in attendance. At the Nov. 9 Monthly Skywatch, the telescopes will be trained on the First Quarter Moon and perhaps an assortment of star clusters and double stars.

Admission for the indoor planetarium portion of the Monthly Skywatch is $8 for adults and $4 for children ages 2 to 12 and senior citizens ages 55 and older. The outdoor telescope session is free.

The show is recommended for ages 13 and older due to the advanced level of scientific information that will be presented during the program.

For more information about the Cernan Center, its programs, field trips or events, call (708) 456-0300, ext. 3372 or e-mail cernan@triton.edu. Please call the Program Line at (708) 583-3100 for up-to-the-minute information before attending.

Visit the Cernan Center’s website at http://www.triton.edu/cernan or shop its Yahoo! Store at http://store.cernanstore.com/.

Located on the campus of Triton College in River Grove, Ill., the Cernan Earth and Space Center houses a 100-seat dome theater, featuring star-filled planetarium shows, wraparound films, children’s shows and laser light shows, along with a Space Hall and Star Store gift shop. The center is open seven days a week.

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Shortened version:

Cernan Earth and Space Center Public Shows, Nov. 1 through Dec. 1, at Cernan Earth and Space Center, Triton College, 2000 Fifth Ave., River Grove, Ill.; Earth & Sky Shows, 7:30 p.m. and Laser Shows, 9 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; Children’s Shows, 2 p.m. Sundays; and Sunday Sampler, 3 p.m. Sundays. Note the 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 14 show will be replaced by the Monthly Skywatch. $8 to $10 for adults and $4 to $5 for children and senior citizens. (708) 583-3100, or (708) 456-0300, ext. 3372, http://www.triton.edu/cernan.

Monthly Skywatch, Nov. 9, 7:30 p.m., at Cernan Earth and Space Center, Triton College, 2000 Fifth Ave., River Grove, Ill. $8 for adults and $4 for children and senior citizens. Program Line: (708) 583-3100, or (708) 456-0300, ext. 3372, http://www.triton.edu/cernan.

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What’s coming up at Triton College

Triton College River Grove, Ill. –

The following are events coming up at Triton College. All of the events listed are free and open to the public and will take place on Triton’s River Grove campus, located at 2000 Fifth Ave., unless otherwise stated.

 Nov. 6
Discover Triton: Explore Your Opportunities, 6 p.m., Room B-130A&B of the Student Center (B-Building)

Students who’d like to learn more about Triton’s many programs should attend Discover Triton: Explore Your Opportunities, a program that will highlight a different Triton area of study each month. Students can hear from faculty and tour the classrooms and labs for that respective program, as well as receive information on admission and financial aid. From 6 to 7:30 p.m., the School of Health Careers will be explored. Reservations are strongly recommended. To RSVP or for more information, call (708) 456-0300, ext. 3130 or e-mail admissions@triton.edu.

Nov. 9 *JUST ADDED*
Engineering Workshop for Girls, noon to 4 p.m., in the Industrial Careers Building (T-Building)

The Society of Women Engineers – Chicago Regional Section (SWE-CRS) Outreach Committee is hosting an engineering workshop for girls in grades 4 through 8 at Triton College. The afternoon will consist of two hands-on engineering activities, robotics and other activities to encourage girls to learn about the field of engineering. The cost is $5 per participant and free for accompanying adults. To participate, register at http://www.swe.org/chicago. To volunteer, share your experience as a female engineer or for more information, e-mail chicagooutreach@swe.org.

Nov. 13 *JUST ADDED*
President’s Reception, 6 p.m., Student Center Cafeteria

The Triton College Foundation is holding their annual President’s Reception on Nov. 13, in the Student Center Cafeteria, where Oak Park-River Forest Board Member Mary Jo Schuler will be honored for her commitment and contributions to the Foundation which serves Triton’s students, alumni and area communities. The reception begins at 6 p.m. and will feature the culinary talents of Triton’s Hospitality students and local restaurants. Tickets are $60 per person and $440 for a table of eight. Sponsorship opportunities and ad book reservations are available. Dress is business casual and there will be a silent auction. To purchase tickets in advance or for more information, call (708) 456-0300, ext. 3758 or e-mail tcfoundation@triton.edu. Visit http://www.triton.edu/foundation to learn more about the Triton College Foundation.

Nov. 15-17 and 21-24
“Fuddy Meers,” 7:30 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays & 2 p.m. Sundays, Cox Auditorium in the Fine Arts Building (J-Building)

Triton College’s Performing Arts Department will kick off their theater season with “Fuddy Meers” by David Lindsay-Abaire. “Fuddy Meers” tells the story of an amnesiac, Claire, who awakens each morning as a blank slate on which her husband and teenage son must imprint the facts of her life. One morning, Claire is abducted by a limping, lisping man who claims her husband wants to kill her. The audience views the ensuing mayhem through the kaleidoscope of Clarie’s world. The play culminates in a cacophony of revelations, proving that everything is not what it appears to be. “Fuddy Meers” is presented by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc., New York. Admission is $12 for general audience members and $10 for students, faculty/staff and seniors. For more information or to reserve tickets, call (708) 456-0300, ext. 6932 or visit http://www.triton.edu/entertainment.

Nov. 20 *JUST ADDED*
Hypertension Screening Program, 3 to 6 p.m., Student Center Cafeteria

Triton College’s Health Services Department, in conjunction with the Associate Degree of Nursing Students, will conduct a Hypertension Screening Program that will include information on what is a healthy blood pressure rate and ways to regulate one’s blood pressure. Participants can get their blood pressure checked. Those at risk of hypertension, also known as high blood pressure, will receive follow-up care by Triton’s Health Services, as well as recommendations to maintain healthy blood pressure. For more information, call (708) 456-0300, ext. 3359 or e-mail jmarx@triton.edu.

Nov. 20
Automotive Technology Open House, 7 p.m., Room T-154 of the Industrial Careers Building (T Building)

Triton College’s Automotive Technology program will hold an open house for prospective students interested in learning about the college’s NATEF-certified program, including tours of the program’s labs and classrooms and information about its sponsorship with General Motors Corp. and AC Delco. For more information, call (708) 456-0300, ext. 3453.

Nov. 26
Job Club Meeting, 11 a.m., Room B-140 of the Student Center (B-Building)

Triton College’s Career Services Center will have its monthly Job Club meeting, in an effort to help people with their job search, while also serving as a support group. The club meets once a month to discuss a particular topic or to listen to a guest speaker. The Job Club is open to everyone, including community members. (708) 456-0300, ext. 3789.

Dec. 2-13
Fall Student Exhibition, Triton College Art Gallery

See the work of Triton’s talented students during the 2013-2014 academic year. Triton College offers instruction in drawing, painting, ceramics, design, photography and graphic design. Put all of those together and you have a great offering of art in many forms. A large portion of the works on display will also be available for purchase. A closing reception will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 11, in the art gallery. Light refreshments will be served. For more information, call (708) 456-0300, ext. 3589 or visit http://www.triton.edu/entertainment.

Dec. 4
Discover Triton: Explore Your Opportunities, 6 p.m., Room B-130A&B of the Student Center (B-Building)

Students who’d like to learn more about Triton’s many programs should attend Discover Triton: Explore Your Opportunities, a program that will highlight a different Triton area of study each month. Students can hear from faculty and tour the classrooms and labs for that respective program, as well as receive information on admission and financial aid. From 6 to 7:30 p.m., the School of Arts and Sciences will be explored. Reservations are strongly recommended. To RSVP or for more information, call (708) 456-0300, ext. 3130 or e-mail admissions@triton.edu.

Dec. 16
Winter Band Concert, 7:30 p.m., Performing Arts Center of the Robert M. Collins Center (R-Building)

The program features the Triton College Community Band in its annual winter program. The 40-member group performs a wide variety of pieces that represent the principal periods that make up the history of the modern concert band. This includes overtures, marches, colorful program pieces, and instrumental features together with current pop styles. A portion of the program will be devoted to familiar holiday selections. Charles Groeling is the music conductor. For more information, call (708) 456-0300, ext. 3506, or visit http://www.triton.edu/music.

Dec. 17
Job Club Meeting, 11 a.m., Room B-140 of the Student Center (B-Building)

Triton College’s Career Services Center will have its monthly Job Club meeting, in an effort to help people with their job search, while also serving as a support group. The club meets once a month to discuss a particular topic or to listen to a guest speaker. The Job Club is open to everyone, including community members. (708) 456-0300, ext. 3789.

 

CERNAN EARTH AND SPACE CENTER EVENTS:
Nov. 1 through Dec. 1
Public Shows, Cernan Earth and Space Center, Triton College, 2000 Fifth Ave., River Grove

From Oct. 4-27, the Cernan Earth and Space Center brings an array of new and favorite shows to inform and entertain families on astronomy at the planetarium. Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. (except Oct. 12 for the Monthly Skywatch) and 9 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. Sundays. Show admission ranges from $8 to $10 for adults and $4 to $5 for children and senior citizens. For a schedule of shows, visit http://www.triton.edu/cernan. (708) 583-3100 or (708) 456-0300, ext. 3372.

Nov. 9
Monthly Skywatch, 7:30 p.m., Cernan Earth and Space Center, Triton College, 2000 Fifth Ave., River Grove

Tour the nighttime sky during Cernan Earth and Space Center’s Monthly Skywatch program. The evening includes a presentation on the latest news from NASA in the space center’s dome theater and outdoor skygazing with telescopes focused on the waxing gibbous moon and perhaps an assortment of star clusters and double stars. Admission for the indoor planetarium portion of the Monthly Skywatch is $8 for adults and $4 for children ages 2 to 12 and senior citizens ages 55 and older. The outdoor telescope session is free. (708) 456-0300, ext. 3372 or (708) 583-3100, http://www.triton.edu/cernan.

Dec. 6-29 *JUST ADDED*
Public Shows, Cernan Earth and Space Center, Triton College, 2000 Fifth Ave., River Grove

From Oct. 4-27, the Cernan Earth and Space Center brings an array of new and favorite shows to inform and entertain families on astronomy at the planetarium. Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. (except Oct. 12 for the Monthly Skywatch) and 9 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. Sundays. Show admission ranges from $8 to $10 for adults and $4 to $5 for children and senior citizens. For a schedule of shows, visit http://www.triton.edu/cernan. (708) 583-3100 or (708) 456-0300, ext. 3372.

Dec. 14 *JUST ADDED*
Monthly Skywatch, 7:30 p.m., Cernan Earth and Space Center, Triton College, 2000 Fifth Ave., River Grove

Tour the nighttime sky during Cernan Earth and Space Center’s Monthly Skywatch program. The evening includes a presentation on the latest news from NASA in the space center’s dome theater and outdoor skygazing with telescopes focused on the waxing gibbous moon and perhaps an assortment of star clusters and double stars. Admission for the indoor planetarium portion of the Monthly Skywatch is $8 for adults and $4 for children ages 2 to 12 and senior citizens ages 55 and older. The outdoor telescope session is free. (708) 456-0300, ext. 3372 or (708) 583-3100, http://www.triton.edu/cernan.