A universe of discovery at Lake Erie Nature & Science Center

This montage of planetary images was taken by spacecraft managed by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif.

As the weather turns colder and rain clouds seems to be a constant companion, you can always be sure that the stars are shining brightly in the warm, dry, clear skies of Lake Erie Nature & Science Center's Walter R. Schuele Planetarium. Adults and children alike are invited to join us for a number of spectacular space science programs throughout the fall season.

Second Nature, our new series of programs for lifelong learners, returns on Thursday, Oct. 20, with "Meteorites and Moon Rocks." Presenter John Oldham, a passionate collector of these visitors from the stars, is also the Exhibit Specialist at NASA Glenn Research Center. He will share a few nuggets of trivia as he explains a brief history of meteors and shows off a lunar sample or two. A question and answer session with John will follow the presentation. Meteorites & Moon Rocks runs from 7-8:30 p.m. and is free to the public.

JUST ADDED! Solar System Exploration in the Next Decade: Why You Should Care – Thursday, Nov. 3, 7-8:30 p.m. We welcome W. James Adams, Deputy Director of NASA’s Planetary Sciences Division, who will discuss what is happening in the solar system and its importance to the nation. He will give a brief account of the current flight missions, the discoveries to follow and solar system exploration in the next decade. The program is free to the public.

 And for the younger audience, our ever-popular series of preschool star shows continue weekly:

Twinkle Tots – Thursdays and Saturdays, 11 a.m. This is a program for the toddler in your family. Watch lights dance across the sky, see some magic and learn what’s new in space. Tickets: $1/person.

Stellar Stars – Wednesdays, 11 a.m., and Saturdays, noon. Grab your passports and visit one of the billions of tourist attractions in our solar system! Find a different picture in the stars each week, watch lasers moving to music, take home a planet picture to color and add a sticker to your passport. Great for children 2 years and up! Tickets: $2/person.

Tickets for all of these programs go on sale 30 minutes before each program begins on a first-come, first-served basis.

And don’t forget to visit our website at www.lensc.org for up-to-date details of all upcoming Planetarium programs, our full Second Nature program schedule and much more, including twice-monthly Telescope Viewing.

Lake Erie Nature & Science Center is located at 28728 Wolf Rd., within the Huntington Reservation of the Cleveland Metroparks.

Frank Colosimo

Frank A Colosimo is the Visitor Experience & Communications Coordinator at Lake Erie Nature & Science Center

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Volume 3, Issue 21, Posted 5:16 PM, 10.18.2011