Astronomy events come to Whittenberger Planetarium

The month of April is an exciting time on The College of Idaho campus, with two big events hitting the Whittenberger Planetarium. Stories, stargazing and science will delight all as Caldwell Fine Arts hosts storyteller Jim Cogan on April 15 and Astronomy Day takes over the planetarium on April 18.


Cogan and Planetarium Director Amy Truksa will join forces to share constellations and mythological tales from around the world from 6-7 p.m. and 7:30-8:30 pm on Wednesday, April 15 in the Whittenberger Planetarium, located in Boone Hall.

Cogan’s storytelling began as a history teacher at Jefferson Junior High School in Caldwell in the late 1970s. From Caldwell, Cogan moved on to Ketchum for several years as a teacher and administrator before becoming a professional bard. He now resides in Diamond Bar, Calif., and works throughout the U.S. as an acclaimed family programmer, entertainer and educator.

While these programs are designed for multi-age groups, children are requested to be age 4 and up. The cost is $6 for adults and $2.50 for children. Reservations and payment must be made in advance by calling Kinga Britschgi at 459-5211. 


Join the Whittenberger Planetarium and The College of Idaho for an evening filled with a variety of astronomical activities beginning at 8 p.m. on April 18. Programming will include: how to use and read a sky chart; planet and stargazing through telescopes; photo opportunities with replicas of the Eagle and re-entry capsule; and a variety of additional indoor and outdoor activities, weather permitting.  For a complete list of activities and events, click here.

All Astronomy Day activities are free and open to the public, with donations always welcome and appreciated. Events will take place in and near Boone Science Hall on the C of I campus in Caldwell.  

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.  For more information, please visit

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