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C of I to host planetarium show, Astronomy Day

The stars are taking center stage this month at The College of Idaho as the Whittenberger Planetarium hosts its April public show as well as the annual Astronomy Day event. The fun begins April 17 with a public show investigating asteroids, including the asteroid belt and near-Earth asteroids, which sometimes collide with our planet and other solar system residents. The show, which begins at 7 p.m. inside Boone Science Hall on the C of I campus in Caldwell, also will include a tour of the constellations and planets visible in the Idaho night sky this month.    

Tickets to the public show cost $4 for adults and $2 for children ages 4-17. As space is limited, reservations are required and may be made by calling Kinga Britschgi at (208) 459-5211. For more information, please visit

The C of I also is hosting its annual Astronomy Day event at 8 p.m. April 20. Astronomy Day, which is free and open to the public, is an evening of astronomical activities including outdoor stargazing and a lesson in the Whittenberger Planetarium. Guests are encouraged to dress appropriately for both indoor and outdoor activities. Stargazing will be done via telescope, weather permitting. For more information, please contact Whittenberger Planetarium director Amy Truksa at [email protected].

Free parking for Whittenberger Planetarium patrons is available in the lot between Boone Science Hall and Jewett Auditorium on the corner of 20th Avenue and Fillmore Street.