PEEC’s Saturn-Day Star Adventure May 25

Saturn as visualized from its satellite Mimas. Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News:

The Pajarito Environmental Education Center is launching a new night sky program, inspired by an idea from student board member Amanda Mercer.

The first presentation is a Saturn-Day Program about the planet famous for its size and rings.

The program takes place at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 25.

Join other families and sky-gazers, old and young, to hear a brief introduction about Saturn from astronomer Chick Keller’s perspective. Then the audience will be invited to give three-minute presentations that relate to Saturn.

Examples of presentations ideas are personal, mythical, or cultural comments such as:

  • where did we get the name for Saturday
  • what myths surround this god
  • what do we know about the rings 
  • why did the ancient Hebrews call Saturn “Shabbathai.”

Use your imagination and research skills and share what you learn.

Holst’s “Saturn” from his suite “The Planets” will be played and photos of Saturn will be shared.

Finally, there will be a  viewing session outside with telescopes.

Contact PEEC at 662-0460 or Chick Keller at alfanso@cybermesa.com for more information.

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