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Whittenberger Planetarium offering eclipse overview this July

With a full solar eclipse scheduled to pass over Idaho on Aug. 21, The College of Idaho’s Whittenberger Planetarium will hold a public show on July 14 to help provide important scientific context for the rare event.

The July 14 show will be the first in a series of public shows set to occur throughout July and August leading up to the eclipse. The show will give viewers the opportunity to receive an overview of the constellations, planets and moon that can be seen in the July skies, as well as an explanation of eclipses and how to safely and properly observe them.

The July 14 show will begin at 7 p.m. Tickets cost $3 for children between the ages of 4-17 and $6 for adults. In addition to the show, the Planetarium will also offer eclipse viewing glasses for $1 per pair, which can be used on Aug. 21 to view the eclipse safely.

The Planetarium’s next show is scheduled for July 27, which will focus on stories and mythologies about the eclipse from cultures around the world. Four shows will be held in August between Aug. 10-15, including three shows presented free of charge thanks to support from the American Astronomical Society’s Solar Eclipse Task Force.

Tickets and reservations can be purchased in advance at www.collegeofidaho.edu/planetarium . Reservations will be forfeited to walk-ins 10 minutes before the show is scheduled to begin.

Contact Kinga Britschgi at [email protected] or at (208) 459-5211 with questions regarding reservations and directions.

The Planetarium is located at the Boone Science Building near Jewett Auditorium at 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 www.collegeofidaho.edu.

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