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SMC Planetarium Covers Telescope Buying & More In November:

The Santa Monica College John Drescher Planetarium presents three special feature shows on Friday evenings in November, including the opportunity to catch a reprise of our late-October show offering concrete examples and recommendations for the first-time telescope shopper.

The feature shows – as well as our popular Night Sky Show – will be held on Friday evenings.

The November shows are:

• “Holiday Telescope Buyer Survival Guide” on Nov. 7. Considering a telescope as a holiday gift for a budding young scientist or newly star-struck adult? Find out how to shop for a telescope – and in time to do it BEFORE the good suppliers sell out of the best starter instruments!

• “Apollo 12 45 Years On – The Essential Mission” on Nov. 14 and 21. The first lunar landing – Apollo 11 – was off-target by several miles, leaving it up to Apollo 12, commanded by “Pete” Conrad, to determine how to make future lunar landings more precise. Come revisit this essential mission, launched into a rainstorm on November 14, 1969.

The feature shows are at 8 p.m. and are preceded by “The Night Sky Show” at 7 p.m., offering the latest news in astronomy and space exploration, a family-friendly “tour” of the constellations, and the chance to ask astronomy-related questions.

The John Drescher Planetarium, which features a Digistar projection system, is located near the elevators on the second floor of Drescher Hall (1900 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica). Tickets are available at the door and cost $11 ($9 seniors and children) for the evening’s scheduled “double bill,” or $6 ($5 seniors age 60+ and children age 12 and under) for a single show or telescope-viewing session.

Call (310) 434-3005 or see www.smc.edu/eventsinfo or www.smc.edu/planetarium for information. All shows are subject to change or cancellation without notice.

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