ENID, Okla. – The Mackie Planetarium on the Northern Oklahoma College Enid campus will showcase the night sky over Enid and show current and prominent constellations in the early evening sky at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 6, 2022.
Planetarium director Fritz Osell will show visitors how to find a star factory in the constellation Orion and some young and old star clusters that formed 13 billion years ago.
Osell said they simulated dimming of the sun to show planets in Earth’s afternoon sky. Visitors will be able to see which zodiac constellation the sun and planets are visiting this month and take a tour of the solar system from Mercury to Pluto.
It also plans to introduce a system called Slooh, which allows anyone of any age to access research telescopes in the Canary Islands and Chile. It will show amazing images of galaxies, star clusters, planets and the sun that anyone can get from home using these telescopes.
Osell will show examples of educational projects conducted using the Slooh system and an educational guide for this system that can be used by students from kindergarten through middle school.
The presentation is free, but donations of non-perishable food for Notre Pain Quotidien will be accepted.
For more information about Northern Oklahoma College, call (580) 628-6208 or visit the NOC’s website at www.noc.edu.