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Seminole State launches 2017 with flurry of Space Week activities

Space Week, hosted by the Emil Buehler Perpetual Trust Planetarium at Seminole State, culminates in the Winter Sky Festival on Jan. 14.

Seminole State College of Florida, home to the Emil Buehler Perpetual Trust Planetarium, will showcase the planetarium’s capabilities and the far-reaching impacts of space exploration to the local community through several planned “Space Week 2017” events. The weeklong celebration culminates in the Winter Sky Festival, the largest astronomy-themed event held annually in Florida. With the exception of the laser shows, all events are free and open to the public. The planetarium has also programmed a trio of children’s matinees for kids of all ages.

Here's the schedule of Space Week events:

  • Friday, Jan. 6 and Saturday, Jan. 7 – Always popular laser shows will return to the Buehler Planetarium the first weekend of 2017. Guests can expect an octet of fantastic laser displays cutting across genres and decades. There will be four laser shows each evening, at 7 p.m., 8 p.m., 9 p.m. and 10 p.m. The cost to attend is $10 for adults, $8 for students and adults 55+, and $5 for Seminole State College students, staff and faculty with a Seminole State ID.
  • Monday, Jan. 9 – Students and the public are welcome to visit the Sanford/Lake Mary Campus for Solar Observing between building A and the Partnership Center from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Planetarium representatives will set up three telescopes for solar viewing between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. and will be holding several giveaways for free laser show tickets. Follow #SeminoleSolar on social media.
  • Tuesday, Jan. 10 – The Space Times Media Roundtable will feature prominent local space journalists who will participate in a moderated panel discussion and provide perspective on the past, present and future of the Space Coast and NASA. This event, free and open to the public, will occur from 7 - 8:30 p.m. in the Fine Arts Concert Hall (building G on the Sanford/Lake Mary Campus). It will also be livestreamed online. Stay up to date using #SpaceTimes on social media.
  • Also on Tuesday, Jan. 10 – A Children’s matinee for kids of all ages. The planetarium is presenting a double feature from 2 - 3 p.m.: Legends of the Night Sky: Orion, one of the most well-received children's laser shows ever produced, along with a guided tour of the solar system utilizing the planetarium's immensely powerful full dome video system. This event is intended for ages 8 and younger. Tickets are $6 for adults and $4 for children ages 3 and older. Capacity is limited to 50 seats per show, and advance registration via Eventbrite is required. For more details and tickets please visit the Eventbrite website. The matinees repeat on Jan. 11 and 12.
  • Wednesday, Jan. 11 – As part of the Stellar Speaker Series of science lectures, this program will feature Dr. Humberto Campins, the provost research professor of physics and astronomy at the University of Central Florida. He will be presenting a talk titled: "NASA’s OSIRIS-REx and Asteroid Redirect Missions to Near-Earth Asteroids." This is scheduled to take place from 7 - 8:30 p.m. in the Fine Arts Concert Hall (building G on the Sanford/Lake Mary Campus). Stay up to date using #SpaceTimes on social.  
  • Thursday, Jan. 12 – Join featured presenters from the Buehler Planetarium for Telescope Thursdays at The Abbey & Nerd Nite Orlando XLVII. Hosted from 7 - 9:30 p.m. at The Abbey in downtown Orlando, this special event combines a regularly scheduled Telescope Thursday with Nerd Nite Orlando. 
  • Friday, Jan. 13 and Saturday, Jan. 14 – Seminole State College proudly presents another weekend of laser light shows at the Buehler Planetarium. There will be four shows on Friday evening (7 p.m., 8 p.m., 9 p.m. and 10 p.m.) and five shows on Saturday evening, during the Winter Sky Festival (5:30 p.m., 6:30 p.m., 7:30 p.m., 9 p.m. and 10 p.m.). Prices are $10 for adults, $8 for students and adults 55+, and $5 for Seminole State College students, staff and faculty with a Seminole State ID.
  • Saturday, Jan. 14 – The weeklong celebration culminates in the Winter Sky Festival, the largest astronomy-themed event in Florida. With an expected attendance of at least 3,500, this includes talks and demonstrations, two dozen telescopes, laser shows and food trucks. The event will occur from 5 -11 p.m.; follow #WSF on social media.

“With one of the only planetariums in the Central Florida area, we look forward to opportunities to share our passions and capabilities with the local community, and all of the week’s events leading up to the Winter Sky Festival offer Central Floridians many chances to tap into their space exploration interests,” said Michael McConville, coordinator of Seminole State’s Buehler Planetarium. “This weeklong celebration truly offers something for everyone.”

Located on Seminole State’s Sanford/Lake Mary Campus, the Emil Buehler Perpetual Trust Planetarium at Seminole State College of Florida offers live, interactive shows and full-dome video presentations. For more information on the Buehler Planetarium and upcoming Space Week 2017 events, visit the planetarium website, like the planetarium on Facebook and follow it on Twitter and Instagram: @seminoleplanet, #SpaceWeek2017.

About Seminole State College of Florida: Seminole State College of Florida, established in 1965, serves nearly 30,000 students across six sites in Central Florida. A comprehensive college, Seminole State has awarded nearly 100,000 credentials, from bachelor's degrees to high school diplomas, and offers more than 200 degrees, certificates and programs designed for success. For more about the college, visit seminolestate.edu, like us on Facebook at facebook.com/seminolestate and follow us on Twitter: @seminolestate.

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