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San Juan College to host outdoor AstroFriday presentation

San Juan College Planetarium will present AstroFriday on Aug. 27 as a live, outdoor program.

Current COVID-19 restrictions allow for only 12 seats per showing in the Planetarium Theatre, which is one-fifth of capacity. Holding the program outdoors allows for greater attendance.

The Sky Tonight will be shown at the amphitheater in the Connie Gotsch (formerly Little Theatre) Courtyard at 8:30 p.m.

This real night-sky tour of the constellations and planets (including Jupiter, Saturn and binary star system Albireo) will be supplemented by live telescopic viewing using the planetarium’s telescope. The event will last until 9:30 p.m. or until all observers have departed.

If weather conditions are particularly clear, deep-sky objects such as the Ring of Nebula M57 in Lyra, the Dumbbell nebula M27 in Vulpecula, the M81 and M82 galaxies in Ursa Major and the Lagoon Nebula M8 in Sagittarius may be seen.

If the weather is too cloudy or rainy, the entire event will be canceled. Updates to this event will be posted on the San Juan College Planetarium Facebook page.

For more information, contact David Mayeux at (505) 566-3361 or mayeuxd@sanjuancollege.edu.