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The Department of Astronomy at Williams College will host free shows for the public on Friday evenings through May 11 (with the exception of Spring Break — March 16, 23, and 30). Audiences will be treated to shows from the high-precision Zeiss Skymaster ZKP3/B optomechanical planetarium projector, installed in 2005. Shows will last approximately 50 minutes.
The Zeiss Skymaster is capable of demonstrating phenomena including retrograde motions of the planets, phases of the moon, the varying temperatures/colors of stars, locations of neighboring galaxies, the mythological figures and zodiacal signs ascribed to constellations, the Southern Hemisphere's sky, comets, artificial satellites, and much more.
Ages 6 and up
CostFree; reservations required
The Hopkins Observatory is on a small hill on the south side of Main Street east of Spring Street in Williamstown and just east of Lawrence Hall Drive, on which planetarium patrons share parking with the Williams College Museum of Art. A campus map showing the Hopkins Observatory's location can be found at williams.edu/map or at 829 Main Street, Williamstown, Mass. in maps.google.com.