Paper Plate Education
"Serving the Universe on a Paper Plate"

P-H-M Planetarium Programs

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In April and May you can watch the 2002 Spring Planets  as they gather in the western sky shortly after sunset.  The Penn-Harris-Madison Planetarium near South Bend, IN, celebrates this celestial highlight with four special programs.   

Planetarium programs on April 18, April 25, May 2, and May 5 begin at 7:00 p.m., regardless of the weather, with limited seating on a first-come basis.  Afterward we will adjourn to the outdoors, where you can view the planets with your naked eye and through telescopes, so dress warm.  Perhaps you will witness wonders of the firmament such as a distinct ring around Saturn or  four moons orbiting Jupiter.

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April 18 April 25 May 2 May 5 May 5 (zoom) May 5 (from space)

Prior to the planetarium programs, you may click on and print the charts above to anticipate the planetary alignment shortly after sunset.  

Also try your hand at some related paper plate activities.  For example, with a paper plate Planet Pointer you can predict the relative appearance of the planets in the western evening sky.  You can also model the planets in orbit around the sun with the Dynamic Solar System activity.   Or demonstrate the scale of the planets relative to the sun with the  Plateful of Planets activity.  

Come to the planetarium program regardless of the weather.  If the real sky is cloudy, planetarium programs may be complemented by paper plate activities.  The P-H-M Planetarium is located just inside the front entrance of Bittersweet Elementary School, which is immediately north of Penn High School on Bittersweet Rd in Mishawaka.

Til then, stay in the dark.


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