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Whittenberger Planetarium to host show explaining vernal equinox

March 6, 2018
Crowds enjoy the view at the Whittenberger Planetarium.

Have you ever wondered what it means for the March sky when the vernal (spring) equinox happens? What exactly does it mean when a day is an equinox or a solstice? What are the circumstances that bring them about?

These questions and more will be covered at the Whittenberger Planetarium’s public show at 7 p.m. on March 9, which will explore the meaning of the vernal equinox and acquaint the public with an overview of the constVernellations, planets and moon that are visible in the March night sky.

Although the equinox itself is not until March 20, this show will answer any questions surrounding this annual astrological event with the help of planetarium director and C of I professor Amy Truksa.

The cost of the event is $3 for children ages 4-17 and $6 for adults. Tickets should be purchased in advance at

Questions regarding the purchase of tickets should be directed to Kinga Britschgi at (208) 459-5211 or [email protected].

The planetarium is located in Boone Science Building near Jewett Auditorium at the corner of 20th Avenue and Fillmore Street in Caldwell.

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