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SHSU Planetarium Offers Free Events For A Stellar Summer

June 9, 2021
SHSU Media Contact: Wes Hamilton

Looking for a stellar summer activity? The Sam Houston State University Planetarium hosts free events year-round and are a great way to beat the heat over the coming months. The SHSU Planetarium, located on the first floor of the Farrington Building, is part of the Department of Physics in the College of Science & Engineering Technology and is operated by Michael Prokosch.

In addition to teaching physics labs at the SHSU Observatory, Prokosch has presented "star shows" in the SHSU Planetarium since 2001. These short films explore various elements of astronomy. A schedule of upcoming events is available here. The latest show, "Planet 9," is coming up on Thursday, June 10 at 7 p.m. Learn about the search for a planet 10-times the mass of Earth thought to orbit the Sun far beyond Neptune. But, don't worry, if you miss the show this week there are plenty more options later in the summer. 

The planetarium is located in the Farrington Building, room 102. Admission is free. For more information or a complete list of available shows, contact Mike Prokosch at 936-294-3664, or follow the planetarium on Facebook.

Summer Schedule

Date Time Show Notes
Thursday, June 10, 2021 7:00 Planet 9 New Moon
Thursday, June 17, 2021 7:00 Exploding Universe
Thursday, June 24, 2021 7:00 Planet 9 Full Moon
Thursday, July 8, 2021 7:00 Exploding Universe


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