Whittenberger Planetarium set to host Astronomy Day

Planets. Stars. Moons. All will be explored as The College of Idaho’s Whittenberger Planetarium hosts Astronomy Day, a free public event set for 8 p.m. Saturday, April 16.

The evening of astronomical activities will be followed by a short planetarium lesson on using and reading a sky chart and, finally, a session of moon-, planet-, and stargazing through telescopes. Both the activities and the stargazing are dependent upon the weather. The activities may be indoors or out, and stargazing will require clear skies. The event is free and open to the public. Donations to the planetarium are always welcome and appreciated.

All Astronomy Day activities will take place in and around Boone Science Hall on The College of Idaho campus in Caldwell. The Whittenberger Planetarium is located in Boone Science Hall near Jewett Auditorium on the corner of 20th Ave. and Fillmore. Participants are encouraged to dress appropriately for evening, outdoor activities.

Whittenberger Planetarium hosts April public show

Join The College of Idaho’s Whittenberger Planetarium in exploring the final frontier during its public show at 7 p.m. on Friday, April 15, as Saturn and the Cassini mission to the beautiful, ringed planet headline the show. The Cassini-Huygens spacecraft, launched in 1997, has been studying the Saturnian system since 2004. Learn the current status of the mission, enjoy breathtaking images, and learn the constellations and planet locations for the month of April.

The cost is $2.50 for children ages 4-17 and $5 for adults.  Tickets must be purchased in advanced by clicking here. For questions, call Kinga Britschgi at 459-5211.

The planetarium is located in Boone Science Building near Jewett Auditorium on the corner of 20th Ave. and Fillmore St. in Caldwell.

The College of Idaho has a 125-year-old legacy of excellence. The C of I is known for its outstanding academic programs, winning athletics tradition and history of producing successful graduates, including seven Rhodes Scholars, three governors, four NFL players and countless business leaders and innovators. Its distinctive PEAK Curriculum challenges students to attain competency in the four knowledge peaks of humanities, natural sciences, social sciences and a professional field—empowering them to earn a major and three minors in four years. The College’s close-knit, residential campus is located in Caldwell, where its proximity both to Boise and to the world-class outdoor activities of southwest Idaho’s mountains and rivers offers unique opportunities for learning beyond the classroom.  For more information, visit