NOC offers special planetarium show Monday

Northern Oklahoma College Mackie Planetarium. (File Photo)

Northern Oklahoma College Mackie Planetarium Director Fritz Osell is presenting a special show Monday showing the planet Mercury’s travel across the face of the sun, an event that occurs 13 times a century.

Osell said the NOC observatory will be open for visitors 10 a.m. to noon, if the sky is clear.

According to Osell, an astronomy instructor at NOC, the rare event may be observed with special equipment.

“Visitors and students using telescopes equipped with special filters will be able to safely observe Mercury as it travels across (transits) the sun,” Osell said.

Osell also is preparing the annual Christmas show, two on Dec. 4 and Dec. 11. The shows are scheduled for 6:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. The show presents the sky over the Holy Land as it was ,2000 years ago and utilizes super computer simulations to illustrate how planetary orbits and star alignments during that time may have created the Star of Bethlehem.

The planetarium and observatory are on the north east side of the NOC Enid campus.

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