MTAC Hosts 2016 Earth Day Planetarium Show

MT Astronomy Club will also be having three planetarium shows open to the public on Saturday, April 23rd at 12:00-12:45 PM, 2:00-2:45 PM, and 3:00-3:45 PM.

There is a cost associated with the Saturday shows of $5.00 for students and $7.00 for adults. All proceeds go towards continuing to offer high-quality outreach via the MT Astronomy club.

Everyone who comes to the Saturday shows gets a FREE MT Astronomy Club button with our Logo on it.

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NASA’s Journey to Mars- Our Next Frontier Description 

The next generation of space flight has already begun, and we have our sights set on Mars, the red planet. Mars, named after the Roman god of war, has captured the human imagination for thousands of years. In 1877, Italian astronomer Giovanni Schiaparelli believed he viewed complex canal systems on the surface of Mars through his telescope. His claims sparked science fiction writer H.G. Wells to imagine Mars as a world sustaining a complex alien civilization capable of attacking Earth as described in his 1938 novel “War of the Worlds”. In 1975, Viking 1 and 2 landed on Mars and provided us our first taste of Martian soil. Over the years, NASA as well as other government space agencies launched numerous missions to Mars to unlock its secrets. What we have found in our scientific endeavors is that Mars is a wondrous world of mysteries. We now know that Mars once looked much like Earth. It had running water on its surface, an atmosphere comparable to ours, and possibly even oceans. Mars provides us with some warnings, however, about the fate our own Earth. In order to learn more, we must travel there. Humankind is setting our sights towards the red planet as our next frontier. Will you be the one who visits Mars as the first ambassadors from the planet Earth? We live in amazing times, as a world once viewed as a god will be visited by someone already born today.

Show Times  

There will be five showings of the full-dome show Journey to Mars- Our Next Frontier on 01/09/16 presented by MTAC President Ross Campanella and MTAC Advisor/planetarium director David Farina.

12:00-12:45        1:00-1:45           2:00-2:45           3:00-3:45          4:00-4:45

Astronomy club members will be offering refreshments in the main lobby starting from 11:30 AM through 4:00 PM.

Ticket Sales Reservations must be completed ONLINE:

Space is limited, visit our website at: to  Purchase your TICKETS and Reserve your seats. Please PRINT your tickets and bring them along with you. Show cost will be $5 with Student/Senior ID and $7 for Adults.

Additional Events Held Throughout the Day:

A special thanks to Astronomy Enthusiasts of Lancaster County and AELC Vice President Lane Davis for sharing with our guests his time & telescope for LIVE Solar Observations. Solar Glasses will be on sale for $2.00 each!

Galactic Artwork will be on display and is for sale by Burt Aulisio. A special thanks  to Burt for his awesome Galactic Artwork he has graciously shared with MTAC over the past few years www.galacticart.comA portion of the proceeds from the Artwork Sale will go towards Manheim Township Astronomy Club.

3Des 3Des Fulldome Productions and  Nicola Bonomo for sharing his work and inspiration with us.

Simulation Curriculum Starry Night for providing a copy of Starry Night Enthusiast for use as a door prize.

Giant Food Stores- Lititz Pikefor providing a $25 gift card for the purchase of supplies for our bake sale.


Journey to Mars- Our Next Frontier programmed and presented by  MTAC President-Ross Campanella 

In coordination with MTAC Advisor, Teacher, and Planetarium Director- David Farina 

Ticket Collections/Refreshments/Usher/Lobby Organizer- Anya Lowe

Donations to the “MTHS Astronomy Club” will be gladly accepted.  Club donations will be used to fund club activities, future community events, fieldtrips, and astronomy supplies.