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"Skywatchers of Africa" Returns to Staerkel Planetarium

Fri, Jan 17, 2014 starting at 8:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Mythology, practicality of African sky watching to open spring show season 

The William M. Staerkel Planetarium will open its spring semester public schedule with the return of an old show.

Skywatchers of Africa returns to the dome beginning January 17 and shows at 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday nights until the end of February. Tickets are $5 for adults and $4 for students, seniors, and kids, all sold at the door.

Originally produced by the Adler Planetarium, Skywatchers premiered on the Staerkel dome in the late 1990s. In addition to the mythology of African sky legends, viewers learn how different African cultures used the sky for telling directions or realizing the day of the year. The Egyptians, Youruba, Nabta, Tuareg, and Dogon people are all featured in the show.

"When a planetarium illustrates sky stories, they are typically Greek, Roman, or Native American," says Dave Leake, planetarium director. "It is refreshing to hear a few stories from the African continent."

The program was originally produced in 35mm slide format. Its images were scanned and fulldome clips added to convert the program to its current fulldome digital format.

For a full schedule of planetarium programs, call 217-351-2446 or visit the planetarium website.   

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