Explore July Night Skies At Planetarium

Paul Arendt discusses what will be visible in the night sky during July at 7 p.m. Friday at the nature center. Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News:

The community is invited to visit the planetarium in the Los Alamos Nature Center for an interactive tour of the heavens.

 Paul Arendt is presenting a talk at 7 p.m. Friday, July 6 that focuses on Mars and the other planets that will be visible this month.

July’s tour of the sky will focus on Mars, as it will be nearer to Earth than at any time in the past 15 years. Additionally, Arendt will show the audience when and where they will be able to see Mercury, Venus, Jupiter and Saturn this month. He will discuss other selected objects outlined on the star charts that will be handed out to the audience. This program is ideal for stargazers who want to learn more.

Arendt has been volunteering at the nature center for several years and served previously on its Board of Directors. He is one of the regular presenters in the planetarium and takes pride in being able to navigate his way without needing a GPS.

Because there is limited seating in the planetarium, everyone should purchase tickets for this talk in advance. Tickets can be purchased by visiting the Los Alamos Nature Center or calling 505.662.0460. Admission is $6 for adults and $4 for children. Events in the planetarium are not recommended for kids under age 4.

For more information about this and other PEEC programs, visit www.peecnature.org, email programs@peecnature.org or call 505.662.0460.

PEEC was founded in 2000 to serve the community of Los Alamos. It offers people of all ages a way to enrich their lives by strengthening their connections to our canyons, mesas, mountains, and skies. PEEC operates the Los Alamos Nature Center at 2600 Canyon Road, holds regular programs and events, and hosts a number of interest groups from birding to hiking to butterfly watching. PEEC activities are open to everyone; however, members receive exclusive benefits such as discounts on programs and merchandise. Annual memberships start at $35. To learn more, visit www.peecnature.org.

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