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Planetarium to hold open house and planet viewing

March  22, 2016

Augustana College's John Deere Planetarium will be open for an evening of stargazing and planet viewing on Saturday, April 16, 8:30-10 p.m. The open house will feature programs in the planetarium and Carl Gamble Observatory, and outside the building. In the event of a cloudy sky, the indoor planetarium programs still will be offered. The event is free and open to the public.  

This year's open house will feature the king of the planets, Jupiter. The college's telescopes will reveal Jupiter's cloud patterns and moons, as well as the mountains and craters of the Earth's Moon. Also on display will be a quarter-ton piece of the Canyon Diablo meteorite and a planetarium show on the wonders of the night sky.  

The Fryxell Geology Museum, which features one of the best collections of minerals and fossils in the Midwest, also will be open to the public. Highlights in the museum include a wall of glowing, fluorescent rocks, a cast of a Tyrannosaurus rex skull, and a complete 22-foot long skeleton of Cryolophosaurus, a large crested carnivorous dinosaur discovered in Antarctica.  

The John Deere Planetarium is located at 820 38th Street, on Augustana's campus. Please dress appropriately for the weather, as the observation areas are unheated.  

For more information contact Dr. Lee Carkner at (309) 794-7318 or visit the planetarium website at

Sam Schlouch
Senior Communication Director
(309) 794-7833