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March star shows at the Emera Astronomy Center

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

Friday night shows feature 'Undiscovered Worlds,' an exploration of the hundreds of planets orbiting stars beyond the Sun. Our solar system is not alone in the universe, and with rapidly improving technology and recent endeavors like the Kepler Telescope, the discovery of exoplanets brings us one step closer to the possibility of finding an Earth-like world. How will this change how we view our place in the universe? Are we alone? Come and see 'Undiscovered Worlds' on March 6, 13, 20 and 27.

For younger sky watchers, Sunday afternoon shows introduce a medium sized yellow star, making his way through space. As he travels he meets many different types of stars and learns about some of the other things that make our universe so interesting. After meeting stars, nebulas and galaxies, the little star takes a good look at himself and finds that he, too, is special. Explore the Sun's importance in the universe on March 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29 with 'Little Star that Could.'

Each star show features a tour of the Maine sky and tips on how to view upcoming astronomical events.

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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