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C of I planetarium set for May show, Astronomy Day

May is a big month for astronomy enthusiasts at The College of Idaho’s Whittenberger Planetarium, which will host its monthly public show May 2 followed by its annual Astronomy Day event May 10.

The May 2 public show, set for 7 p.m. inside Boone Science Hall on the C of I campus in Caldwell, is the second of two shows focusing on the majestic and mysterious gas giant planets. The show, which costs $4 for adults or $2 for children ages 4-17, also will include an overview of the current and upcoming constellations and planets visible in the Idaho night sky. Reservations are required and may be made by calling Kinga Britschgi at (208) 459-5211.

Astronomy Day will be recognized at the C of I on Saturday, May 10, beginning at 8 p.m. The evening of astronomical activities includes an outdoor activity, a planetarium lesson on using and reading a sky chart, as well as outdoor moon, planet and stargazing using telescopes. This event is free and open to the public, with all activities taking place in and around Boone Science Hall. The outdoor activities are weather dependent and patrons are encouraged to dress appropriately for the outdoors.  Reservations are appreciated and may be made by calling Kinga Britschgi at (208) 459-5211.

As always, 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.  

Astronomy Day will be the Whittenberger Planetarium’s final public event until September 2014. The Planetarium will be closed for remodeling over the summer, and donations toward the project are welcome and appreciated. To donate, please visit and designate “planetarium remodel” in the designation box.

Founded in 1891, The College of Idaho is the state’s oldest private liberal arts college. It has a century-old tradition of educating some of the most accomplished graduates in Idaho, including seven Rhodes Scholars, three Marshall Scholars, and another 11 Truman and Goldwater Scholars. The College is located on a beautiful campus in Caldwell, Idaho. Its distinctive PEAK curriculum challenges students to attain competencies in the four knowledge peaks of the humanities, natural sciences, social sciences and a professional field, enabling them to graduate with an academic major and three minors in four years. For more information on The College of Idaho, visit