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Space dates: Make plans to see stars and planets this year

The winter and spring dates for the Three College Observatory (TCO) Public Nights and UNCG Planetarium show are now listed online.

The TCO, which is at a dark-sky location near Snow Camp, will have Public Nights on Friday, Feb. 24 at 7 p.m., Friday, March 24 at 8 p.m. and Saturday, April 29, at 8:30 p.m. This facility, operated jointly by UNCG, NC A&T and Guilford College, opened in 1981 and contains a 0.81-meter reflecting telescope, one of the largest in the southeastern United States. Typical public observing sessions include a look at star clusters, nebulae, galaxies, double stars, planets and the moon, if available. More information about the TCO and Public Nights is available here.

The UNCG Planetarium show will run Friday, Feb. 10, Friday March 10, and Friday, April 7 in the Petty Science Building, Room 310. All shows are at 7:30 p.m. For those shows, UNCG’s Spitz projector will project the stars, planets, sun and moon onto the interior of a 20-ft dome, showing patterns of motion.

Both shows are open to the community and appropriate for adults and older children. Although admission is free, seats are limited for both. The shows are popular; slots fill quickly.

Reservations can be made through the UNCG Department of Physics and Astronomy website: https://physics.uncg.edu/.