Look to the Skies: John Drescher Planetarium

The Santa Monica College John Drescher Planetarium will present a special show and a telescope-observing event this month, in addition to the regular Friday Night Sky Show, at Drescher Hall, 1900 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica College.

The Night Sky Show is at 7 p.m. on Friday evenings and includes a family-friendly “tour” of the constellations and the chance to ask astronomy-related questions.

On April 20, at 8 p.m., after the Night Sky Show, a special observing “Cresent Moon and Famous Double Star,” will be held. This show will provide an opportunity to view the moon and its dramatically lit crater Theophilus, and also to gaze at the famous visual binary of Mizar and Alcor, the middle stars in the handle of the Big Dipper, through a variety of telescopes, with guidance from the planetarium’s director.

On April 27, the 8 p.m. show will include previews of the Mars INSIGHT mission. The craft is scheduled to launch on May 5 for a November 26 landing on Mars, and will carry instrumentation that is designed to probe the structure and heat flow characteristics of the Red Planet.

Tickets are available at the door and cost $11 ($9 seniors and children) for the evening’s scheduled “double bill” or $6 ($5 seniors age 60+ and children age 12 and under) for a single show or telescope-viewing session. Call: (310) 434-3005 or visit: smc.edu/planetarium.

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