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Join the Ritter Planetarium and the Toledo Astronomical Association as we celebrate Astronomy Day on Saturday, April 20, 2013.  We have four exciting programs scheduled on the hour from 1 to 4 PM and members of the Toledo Astronomical Association will be on hand for solar observing throughout the day (weather permitting) and to talk all about telescopes.  All events are free and open to the public.   

1:00 PM    One World, One Sky, Big Bird's Aventure



One World, One Sky, Big Bird’s Adventure is a fulldome show that follows Sesame Street's Big Bird and Elmo as they explore the night sky with Hu Hu Zhu, a Muppet from China. Together they take an imaginary trip from Sesame Street to the Moon, where they discover how different it is from Earth. This program is a brilliant spectacle of light and color as the furry friends watch the stars twinkle over Sesame Street. One World, One Sky, Big Bird’s Adventure aims to nurture a child's natural sense of wonder about the night sky while connecting kids across nations through a common bond in learning about the sky. 

 2:00 PM  Tales fo the Maya Skies


Tales of the Maya Skies is a digital fulldome show with a custom score and visuals that immerses the audience in Mayan astronomy, art, and culture.  Narrated by Latin Grammy award winner Lila Downs, Tales of the Maya Skies inspires and educates through its description of the Maya's accurate astronomical achievements and how astronomy connected them to the Universe. 

3:00 PM  UT and the Discovery Channel Telescope

banner Come and learn all about the new Discovery Channel Telescope and the University of Toledo's partnership with the historic Lowell Observatory.  See images of the world's newest major research observatory and hear how it will revolutionize astronomy here at UT.  Meet and chat with some of our faculty members and graduate students.
4:00 PM  The City Dark (a full-length feature film)


"What do we lose when we lose the night?"

The City Dark is an award winning independent film that explores the impact of light pollution on not only astronomers, but also wildlife, our culture, and even our health.  Note that this is a feature-length film (84 min) that is projected onto the front of the dome.


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