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New exhibits and displays at CPS Planetarium (posted 5/1/17)

In May, visitors to CPS Planetarium will be able to make a telescope, see a 3-D Big Dipper, explore the interior of the sun, see a model of Jupiter, and much more.
 
In addition to the two free planetarium shows CPS Planetarium offers the public each second Saturday, May 13 marks the debut of several new astronomy exhibits and displays that visitors can enjoy before and/or after the 2:00 and 3:15 planetarium shows. Most of these hands-on, interactive exhibits were obtained from Lake Afton Public Observatory when it closed its doors a year and a half ago in Wichita, Kansas. With donations from Columbia's Broadway Christian Church's 2016 vacation bible school, all the exhibits have been updated and adapted for display here by CPS Planetarium staff.
 
So come for the shows, stay to explore the exhibits. Exhibits will be on display from 1:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
 
Planetarium Shows for Saturday, May 13
 
2:00 p.m. - Secret of the Cardboard Rocket (recommended for ages 7 and up). A cardboard rocket takes visitors on a tour of the solar system. 
 
3:15 p.m. - Our Living Climate (recommended for ages 12 and up). Earth is a planet that has changed dramatically over time. Most of that change is tied to climate. This show explains what a climate is and how our planet is affected by it. The show also looks at other planets in the solar system and explains why Earth's climate is so unique.
 
Reservations for planetarium shows are encouraged. To reserve seats, visit http://cpsplanetarium.org. Reservations are not needed to see the exhibits and displays. Planetarium shows are free, although donations of $2.00 per person are encouraged.
 
NOTE: The front entrance of Rock Bridge High School is under construction. Visitors to the planetarium will have to enter either the north or south entrance of the school. The south entrance has several steps.
 
CPS Planetarium is located within Rock Bridge High School at 4303 S. Providence Road. During the school year, groups can reserve a weekday show by phone (573) 214-3148, or via email