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FLEISCHMANN PLANETARIUM TO MONITOR FULL LUNAR ECLIPSE WITH VIEWING EVENT, DEC. 20-21, 2010

Public invited to special midnight viewing event - festivities begin at 9 p.m., Monday, Dec. 20 Reno, Nev., Dec. 14, 2010 - Offering some of the best seats on Earth, the Fleischmann Planetarium and Science Center at the University of Nevada, Reno is set to host a special midnight eclipse-viewing event, beginning Monday, Dec. 20 at 9 p.m., to monitor the total lunar eclipse, which will be visible throughout the western United States. Full eclipse is due to occur at midnight (PST) and be complete by 3 a.m., Dec 21. (The winter solstice!)

Dan Ruby, associate director of the Planetarium will be available in advance of the eclipse event to answer media questions and provide context. The viewing event will be held at the Planetarium on the University campus, 1650 N. Virginia St. in Reno.

"We're really excited about the fact Reno has the best seats on Earth for the show this year," Ruby said. "We're in the right place on our planet to see it from start to finish, and it's right at the winter solstice. We won't get another chance until 2014. The last total lunar eclipse visible from the entire continental United States occurred on February 21, 2008. North Americans will have their next opportunity to see a total lunar eclipse on April 15, 2014." For more information about the total lunar eclipse, visit the NASA website at http://eclipse.gsfc.nasa.gov/OH/OH2010.html#LE2010Dec21T . Additional information is available at http://www.mreclipse.com/LEdata/TLE2010Dec21/TLE2010Dec21.html.



LEARN ABOUT THE SUMMER SOLSTICE AND ARTIST ERIKA BLUMENFELD’S PROJECT, THE SCIENCE AND ART OF “MOVING LIGHT,” AT THE NEVADA MUSEUM OF ART, JUNE 18, 2010

Click here for tickets and more information about the summer solstice talk with the Planetarium’s associate director, Dan Ruby.



AWARD-WINNING SIERRA ASTRONOMER TO LEAD STAR TALK AND EVENING BENEFIT FOR FLEISCHMANN PLANETARIUM, MARCH 5 AND APRIL 14, 2010

In celebration of Global Astronomy Month in April, proceeds from “The Milky Way: An Evening with Tony Berendsen” featuring popular Sierra astronomer will support important Planetarium programs

Reno, Nev., Feb. 25, 2010 — Fleischmann Planetarium and Science Center at the University of Nevada, Reno, will host two events this spring featuring popular Sierra star guide and poet, Tony Berendsen, including a benefit called “The Milky Way: An Evening with Tony Berendsen,” Wednesday, April 14 at the Planetarium on the University campus. The events are open to the community and proceeds will support Planetarium programs.

How well do you know the Milky Way? During the Planetarium’s evening benefit April 14, astronomer Tony Berendsen will debut his new poem "The Milky Way" and discuss what we know about our home galaxy. What are its beginnings, structure and what is going on in our galactic neighborhood? In a full-dome presentation with the Planetarium’s state-of-the-art digital projector, Berendsen will take star gazers on a wonderful journey through space. Telescope viewing at the Planetarium after the talk will be provided by Tahoe Star Tours and Celestron Telescopes, weather permitting.

“April is Global Astronomy Month and the Planetarium celebrates with this unique and informative experience for the entire family,” said Dan Ruby, Planetarium associate director. “We are pleased that Tony is offering these great presentations and we’re so honored to receive this generous support of the Planetarium. His knowledge of the night sky and his lively star talks and sky viewing are always in high demand.”

An award-winning amateur astronomer, poet and president of the Northern Nevada Science Coalition, Tony Berendsen is also past president of the Astronomical Society of Nevada. He has been showing the skies above northern Nevada and California for the past 15 years. He writes astronomy articles and specializes in astronomy outreach by conducting stargazing sessions of the Sierra sky, including regular starry-sky tours at Northstar at Tahoe.

The Planetarium benefit, The Milky Way: An Evening with Tony Berendsen, will be held Wednesday, April 14 at 7 p.m., at the Fleischmann Planetarium. Admission is $10 per person for adults and children of all ages.

Berendsen will also be the guest presenter at the popular monthly Live SkyTonight Star Talk, Friday, March 5 at 6 p.m., at Fleischmann Planetarium. He will use the Planetarium's digital projector and full-dome theater to talk about what is visible in the sky during the month of March. He will also recite his poem "Cinders" and talk about our Sun and its neighbors. The evening will include free telescope viewing 20 minutes after sunset, weather permitting, at Rancho San Rafael Park west of the University. The event is free for Planetarium members; $6 for adults and $4 for children/seniors.



FLEISCHMANN PLANETARIUM RECEIVES $25,000 GRANT FROM JACK VAN SICKLE FOUNDATION

Reno, Nev., Jan. 26, 2010 — The Fleischmann Planetarium and Science Center at the University of Nevada, Reno, has been awarded a $25,000 grant by the Jack Van Sickle Foundation. The Planetarium serves nearly 50,000 visitors a year, including hundreds of school field trips that introduce students, K-12, to the wonders of the universe.

“The generosity of the Van Sickle Foundation will help the planetarium provide school programs for more than 15,000 children in the region,” said Dee Henderson, director of the Fleishmann Planetarium and the University’s associate vice provost for Extended Studies. “We are so honored to receive this private support especially at a time of great need. The Van Sickle Foundation clearly recognizes how important these science-based programs are to the school children in our county and beyond.”

Based in Reno, the Van Sickle Foundation also has supported the astronomy laboratory in the University’s new Davidson Mathematics and Science Center. Jack Van Sickle was a Carson Valley rancher whose family has been part of the pioneering history of the region since the 1850s.



FLEISCHMANN PLANETARIUM BECOMES PARTNER OF THE INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF SCIENCE-TECHNOLOGY CENTERS (ASTC)

Planetarium members to receive free admission to hundreds of ASTC-partner museums and centers worldwide

The Fleischmann Planetarium and Science Center at the University of Nevada, Reno has become a new partner of the Association of Science-Technology Centers (ASTC), an organization dedicated to furthering public understanding of science among increasingly diverse audiences. ASTC encourages excellence and innovation in informal science learning, in part by serving and linking its members worldwide.

Founded in 1973, ASTC numbers more than 540 members in 40 countries, including science centers and museums, nature centers, aquariums, planetariums, zoos, botanical gardens, space theaters and natural history and children’s museums.

Members of the Fleischmann Planetarium and any of the ASTC’s partnering organizations also benefit from the ASTC’s Passport Program, which provides free admission to hundreds of partner museums and centers around the world.

“The planetarium’s membership in this important organization means our own members will benefit directly, with free entrance to all sorts of great museums,” said Dan Ruby, associate director of the Fleischmann Planetarium. “We think it’s an awesome opportunity for our members and for other ASTC members visiting us.”

According to Ruby, the Passport Program is just one of many benefits of the partnership.

“In addition to providing our members access to a vast range of resources and member benefits at hundreds of our partner institutions worldwide, this new partnership will help Fleischmann develop exhibits and services to better serve the community,” Ruby said. “Our staff now has access to membership and visitor data and statistics that will help tremendously in our program development.”

Like Fleischmann Planetarium, a large percentage of ASTC institutions are part of a university or affiliated with one, and as such, can offer valuable data for program development to meet the University of Nevada, Reno’s needs.

“This will give us insights into how to develop increasingly effective collaborations with the University and community,” Ruby said. “I can’t tell you how excited we are to be able to offer so many benefits to our members, the University and the community as a result of this new partnership.” For more about the ASTC Passport Program and participating museums and centers worldwide, click here.



FLEISCHMANN PLANETARIUM LAUNCHES PLANET-X FRIENDS OF THE PLANETARIUM EVENT THE THIRD THURSDAY OF EACH MONTH

Join Fleischmann Planetarium and Science Center at the University of Nevada, Reno the third Thursday of every month from 5:30-7:30 p.m. for Planet-X Friends of the Planetarium Night featuring performances from KTHX-FM 100.1 DJs and spectacular light shows utilizing Fleischmann’s state-of-the-art digital planetarium.

The event is free for Friends of the Planetarium members, or $5 for nonmembers. Tickets are available at the door. Come down and consider the benefits of membership including exclusive invitations to new show previews, discounts on telescopes and gift shop merchandise, reduced or free admission to feature films and star shows, and much more.

Planet-X Friends of the Planetarium Night features:
• A series of 20-minute shows in the Star Theater featuring music from KTHX and visuals from the edge of space
• Out-of-this world music performances from KTHX DJs in the Exhibit Hall
• Giveaway drawings for T-shirts, software, science-themed gifts and more
Libations from renowned local sponsors including Great Basin Brewing Company, Red’s Little Waldorf, Tahoe Creamery, Sierra Wine & Spirits and others
• A children’s science craft studio facilitated by Planetarium staff
• Classic sci-fi movies recovered from the vaults of time
• And more!

Fleischmann Planetarium and Science Center is located north of Lawlor Events Center on North Virginia and 16th streets, on the University of Nevada, Reno campus, 1.5 miles north of the downtown Reno arch. Free parking is available in the West Stadium Parking Complex, level 3, just east of the Planetarium.

For more information about joining Friends of the Planetarium, Planet-X Night, and upcoming exhibits, events and shows playing in the Star Theater, call (775) 784-4812.

 

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