STARLAB Planetarium Coming to Moundsville

Grave Creek Mound Archaeological Complex and the Moundsville-Marshall County Public Library are hosting NASA’s mobile STARLAB Planetarium on Tuesday.

Activities will be held at the Grave Creek Mound Archaeological Complex in Moundsville from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and at the Moundsville-Marshall County Public Library from 3-5 p.m. The program is free and open to the public. No registration is required.

At 11 a.m., the planetarium will pair constellations of stars with legends and myths told about them by Native American tribes. The program will be presented by Josh Revels, education specialist at the Katherine Johnson NASA IV & V Education Resource Center and adjunct professor at Fairmont State University.

Revels will present a STARLAB Planetarium Show that will provide historic information pertaining to the Apollo 11 mission as well as scientific knowledge of the Moon, the Milky Way Galaxy and the planets of our solar system.

In addition, the program features storytelling of the stars and sky through the eyes of several tribes. Individual programs will begin every half hour, with the last showing scheduled at 1:30 p.m. Several crafts relating to the program such as a Big Dipper finder and a hand-held fan decorated with images of characters from the legends also will be available.

The Moundsville-Marshall County Public Library will offer visitors the opportunity to make and launch a water bottle rocket to cap off the afternoon. Students visiting the library can make a rocket from 3-4 p.m. The rockets will be launched from 4-5 p.m.

The program is coordinated by the library and is sponsored by the Evan G. Roberts Trust through BB&T.

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