Our Carolina Sky ~ July 6th, 7 PM
The night sky above the Carolinas is constantly changing; have you ever wondered what lies overhead? Join us the first Friday of each month to discover how our sky has changed and to stay up-to-date with the newest space missions and discoveries. Take a live tour of the current month’s constellations and explore various topics ranging from the earliest history of astronomy to the latest advancements in the field. This monthly program series is hosted by James H. Lynn Planetarium & Science Theater Director, Will Snyder. $5 per person 3 years and older. Does not include museum admission. Program lasts about one hour.
The July 6 installment will highlight the sights and events that fill this month’s night sky. As we start our first full month of summer, the famous Summer Triangle shines after sunset. This easy to spot shape dominates the sky all night and includes the brightest star of summer, Vega, twinkling brightly as it passes over head. In the triangle, our birds Cygnus the Swan and Aquila the Eagle begin their summertime flight south along the Milky Way. Throughout the night, five planets are visible to our unaided eye, including both Mars and Mercury which are at their best point of the year for us to see them this month. As July comes to a close, shooting stars may begin to grace our sky in the first meteor shower of the summer. Join us to discover these sights and more that await in “Our Carolina Sky.”