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February Star Shows at the Emera Astronomy Center

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ORONO - Public star shows at the Emera Astronomy Center return to bring the stars and planets to visitors on Friday nights at 7 and Sunday afternoons at 2.

Friday night shows feature 'Stars,' an exploration of the powerhouses of the universe. Witness the formation of new stars from clouds of gas and dust as well as their deaths in the forms of supernovae and black holes. Through every phase of their existence, stars release the energy that lights the Universe. Journey to the furthest reaches of our galaxy and experience both the awesome beauty and destructive power of 'Stars' on Feb. 6, 13, 20 and 27.

For younger sky watchers, Sunday afternoon shows explore the earth's place in the universe and what we see in our sky. For all ages of curious minds on Feb. 1, 8, 15 and 22, 'Earth, Moon, and Sun' is a fast-paced full dome demonstration of lunar phases, eclipses, day and night, the sun and other puzzling events with the help of a confused coyote.

Each star show features a tour of the Maine sky and tips on how to view upcoming astronomical events. February will feature an extraordinary clustering of planets in the western sky, and with new state of the art equipment the planetarium can show visitors exactly what to look for and when and where to look for it.

Admission is $6 per person and seating is limited. For more information and reservations please call (207) 581-1341 or visit Astro.UMaine.edu. Private shows and school field trips can be arranged for these and other shows.

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