Originally created 11/15/02

Center invites families to party with the stars



AIKEN - If you're looking for something stellar to do Friday night, look no further.

The Augusta Astronomy Club, the Dupont Planetarium and the Ruth Patrick Science Education Center will be the hosts of an event beginning at dusk.

The Fall Star Party features numerous activities for the whole family, and the planetarium show, More Than Meets the Eye, will be shown throughout the night, said Gary Senn, the director of the planetarium at the Ruth Patrick Science Center.

Activities include painting with soil, making star charts, constructing birdhouses and learning about animals, archaeology and the moon phases. The activities take place from 6:30 to 9:30 Friday night.

Participants will be able to use high-powered telescopes, which will be set up outside.

The planetarium shows begin every hour on the hour from 6 to 10 p.m.

The planetarium presentation costs $4 for adults, $3 for seniors, and $2 for pupils. The rest of the evening is free, and refreshments will be served.

The observatory on the roof also will be open.

Reach Sara Bancroft at (803) 279-6895 or scbureau@augustachronicle.com.

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