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Tuesday Nights Kick Much Ass At The Hayden Planetarium!

by Venditto (writer), Sty Town, November 27, 2007


*The Planetarium isn't just for pothead fans of Laser Floyd anymore. Today, it's a fun and educational early evening flight of galactic fancy that can be enjoyed by drug abusers and families alike!*

If you dig astrology; or gazing up at the night sky; or just like catching an early evening buzz and staring at big, bright, shiny shit, then you need to check out Tuesdays In The Dome at the Hayden Planetarium (the butch lil' sister of The American Museum of Natural History). Just about every Tuesday night at 6:30 pm the good folks at the planetarium put on an hour long lecture and star show under the dome for a paltry $12 (or $10 if your a member, a student or a senior citizen.) Check prices before you go as they may of course change.

Me, my girlfriend and a fifth of Jack went to review the experience for We ventured out on the last Tuesday of the month; which is when they host "Celestial Highlights", a nifty overview of what's going on in the night sky for the upcoming four weeks. Turns out the month we went was a pretty happenin' time, astrologically speaking.

We sat with about two dozen other people in the dark as the lucid tones of Professor Steve Beyer took us on a tour of the night sky starting with the planet Venus coming into view just west of the setting sun on the 1st.

The Hayden possesses the world's largest cosmic atlas and they use their unique Zeiss Mark IX Universarium Star Projector(say that ten times fast) to paint the heavens in all their hyper detailed glory. Under the dome the sky blazes with a majesty that just can't be observed with the naked eye in the big city. It was breathtaking and a little overwhelming.

All during the lecture and the exalted star show there's a digital clock on one wall with the date on it. As the lecture continues and the stars move across the sky, the date on the clock progresses through the month to parallel when it is we are seeing and hearing about. It was just another little touch that added to our immersion in the subject.

The star show and lecture gave me a new appreciation for a skyscape that I take for granted as a constant everyday fixture in my life. The whole adventure was a wonderful experience, and like almost all the things I dig most about this city, the planetarium is a treasure that far too few New Yorkers take advantage of. So, I implore all of you to take an hour and go. I promise, you'll have a blasty blast. If nothing else, it's a cool way to pre- party before hitting the bars or a memorable and romantic way to start a date. In the words of Professor Steve Beyer, "Just get out and LOOK!"


*November 27th - HERE COMES MARS!



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Venditto is a writer for BrooWaha. For more information, visit the writer's website.
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3 comments on Tuesday Nights Kick Much Ass At The Hayden Planetarium!

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By Sausalito Mama on December 03, 2007 at 04:00 pm
Thank you for writing about your planetarium. I'm a big fan of them. Everyone I've been to is a joy packed full of entertainment.
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By Charles, Jr on December 04, 2007 at 10:43 pm
Pot and planetariums still go well together. Especially since i'm not old enough to drink.
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By Rose Mountain on December 05, 2007 at 03:18 am
Venditto thanks for the enjoyable read, planetarium shows are always amazing. Rose Mountain
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