Total Eclipse Topic Of Free Talk At Fiske Planetarium March 29

March 23, 2006

The University of Colorado at Boulder's Fiske Planetarium will give a free public talk about eclipses in celebration of Sun-Earth Day on Wednesday, March 29, at 4 p.m.

Suzanne Traub-Metlay, education programs manager at Fiske Planetarium, will present the talk "Eclipse in a Different Light" coinciding with a total eclipse of the sun on March 29 that will be seen by people in parts of Africa, southeastern Europe and Central Asia. The eclipse won't be visible in Colorado, according to Traub-Metlay.

During the show Traub-Metlay will explain how and why solar eclipses occur and will discuss the eclipse occurring on that day. The next total eclipse in Colorado will occur in 2017, she said.

Sun-Earth Day is being celebrated in classrooms, museums and planetariums across the country to explore the sun and how it affects Earth and other planets. It is usually held the day of the spring equinox, but this year was pushed back to coincide with the total eclipse, according to Traub-Metlay.

Fiske Planetarium will be open during CU-Boulder's Spring Break and will have family friendly shows at 10 a.m., noon and 2 p.m. each day, March 28 through March 30. The planetarium and Sommers-Bausch Observatory will be closed March 31 and April 1.

For more information call (303) 492-5001 or visit the planetarium's Web site at fiske.colorado.edu.

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