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Planetarium Show to focus on ‘Comets and Shooting Stars’

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JOHNSON CITY – “Comets and Shooting Stars” is the focus of the first Planetarium Show of the 2013-14 academic year at East Tennessee State University. 

The free public program, sponsored by the Department of Physics and Astronomy in the ETSU College of Arts and Sciences, will be shown Thursday, Sept. 19, at 7 p.m. 

This show explaining the origin and nature of comets and meteors, or shooting stars, will showcase the visual graphics capability of the planetarium’s state-of-the-art, full-dome digital projection system.

The ETSU planetarium is on the top floor of Hutcheson Hall in room 207.  Visitors may enter Hutcheson Hall at the east end of the building where the elevator is located, and may park without permits during the evening hours in either student or faculty/staff parking lots.

For more information or special assistance for those with disabilities, contact Dr. Gary Henson, planetarium director, at (423) 439-6906 or