Planetariums/ Amateur Astronomy


Derrick Pitts
*Chief Astronomer
*Director of Planetarium Programs
Fels Planetarium, Franklin Institute
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Timothy Ferris
*Science Writer, Amateur Astronomer
*Professor Emeritus, University of California Berkeley
*Author, Seeing in the Dark: How Backyard Astronomers are Probing Deep Space and Guarding Earth from Interplanetary Peril (Simon and Schuster, 2002)
San Francisco, California

Kevin Beaulieu
*Head of Graphic Production
Sky-Skan Incorporated
Nashua, New Hampshire

Have you been to a planetarium lately? Planetariums are increasingly going digital, replacing those quaint sky tours of our elementary school field trips with slick productions that blend art and science into fantastic tours of the universe. In this hour, we'll look at the new planetarium shows. Plus, how to look at the real night sky, how amateur astronomers are contributing to the science, and some tips on buying telescopes.



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