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    Coming events: The great American Eclipse, August 21, 2017.  

    For teachers: eclipse activity guide, from NASA: 

     A safe method for viewing that's very hands-on: 


    Read more about it here:


    and here : On August 21, 2017, there will be a total eclipse of the Sun visible from the U.S. (and only the US!)  The path of what is being called the “All American” total eclipse is only about 60 miles wide and goes from a beach in Oregon to a beach in South Carolina, crossing the country diagonally. The partial eclipse, on the other hand, will be visible to 500 million people in all parts of the US and North America. It will be very important that everyone who tries to see the eclipse on that Monday in August have information on the local timing of the eclipse and safe viewing instructions.

    The National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) is making available a popular-level, non-technical introduction to help explain the eclipse, plus how and when to view it safely, with the maps, charts and links you need. The free 8-page booklet, by astronomers/educators Andrew Fraknoi and Dennis Schatz, is available in PDF format at:

     Live webcast link: Start watching at 1 pm EDT on the 21st!


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    News flash! We have been given approval for the deployment of an inflatable planetarium system. This means that we can bring the planetarium experience to the Robeson County Partnership for Children in downtown Lumberton.  
    Here is our Summer Schedule: Please note that reservations MUST be made in advance, due to our smaller inflatable venue. No day-of-show seating will occur.
    Searching for something fun, educational, and enlightening for your summer group or family to do?  How about a visit to the portable version of the Robeson Planetarium?  Here is our schedule of summer shows:  
    Beginning June 6th and running throughout summer, we will be open for public programs and children’s groups on selected Tuesdays and Wednesdays.  Times for these programs are 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m., but please note that the portable planetarium only holds 25 students and 3 adults.  Our programs will feature different aspects of our amazing space program.  The schedule will rotate throughout the summer, but we are emphasizing the August 21st total eclipse.  See our program schedule below, and call 671-6000, ext. 3381. Tickets are Free. Seating is limited to 23 per showing.  Please make reservations in advance in order to guarantee your spot.  
    Weekly Schedule of Summer Planetarium Shows
    DATES               PROGRAM                                       Times
    June 13&14         Back to the Moon for Good              10a & 2p
    July  5&6            Dawn of the Space Age                     10a & 2p
    July 11&12         Apollo Magnus                                  10a & 2p
    August 15&16      Total eclipse                                     10a & 2p
    We are in downtown Lumberton at the Exploration Station, address is 211 E. First St, Lumberton, NC
    Phone 671-6000, x3381 
     mirrors and projector  Inflated planetarium inside Multipurpose room
    Projectors and mirrors, above; and the planetarium dome inflated  
    25 students and 3 adults can be comfortably seated indoors  
    Please note that our schedule is subject to change, as current events in EARTH and space science dictate. We are assigned temporary quarters at Native Angels, 201 E. Livermore Drive, Pembroke, NC 28372; and new temporary phone number 910-671-6000, ext. 3381 .

    We are 6 mi. west, south on hwy 711 from I-95, exit #17

    Director: Ken Brandt
     Secretary: Joy Ivey
    Custodian: Cleveland Oxendine 
    Supervisor: Dr. Elizabeth Younce
    Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum & Instruction 
    Ken Brandt's podcast for the International Year of Astronomy: How to find the directions using the Sun and shadows, can be heard here: Ken's pod cast .  Listen to today's podcast Here.

    One of the teacher activities linked is Ken's simple way to demonstrate the Phases of Venus, which Galileo saw 405 years ago. The activity can be found here: Galileo Was Right!

    Weather: here is a link for our own clear sky clock. See whether it'll be clear or cloudy here in SE NC.

    For reservations and other information call (910) 671-6000, extension 3381, or email