Augustana College's John Deere Planetarium will be open to the public for an evening of stargazing and planet viewing. The planetarium will be open from 7:30-9 p.m., with indoor and outdoor programs in the planetarium, the Carl Gamble Observatory, and the building's grounds. In the event of cloudy sky conditions, telescope views may not be possible but the indoor planetarium programs will still be offered. There is no charge for admission.
The evening’s events will include a planetarium show where the wonders of the night sky will be presented on the facility’s 30-foot dome. Views of astronomical objects, including the planet Jupiter and the first-quarter moon will be provided via the telescopes of the Carl Gamble Observatory.
In addition, the Getz-Rogers Gallery, where images of celestial objects and a quarter-ton piece of the Canyon Diablo meteor are on display, also will be open to the public.
The Fryxell Geology Museum, which features one of the best collections of minerals and fossils in the Midwest, will also be open to the public. Highlights in the museum include a wall of glowing, fluorescent rocks, and casts of a Tyrannosaurus rex skull, and a complete 22-foot long skeleton of Cryolophosaurus, a large crested carnivorous dinosaur discovered in Antarctica. The observing areas are unheated so dress appropriate to the weather.
John Deere Planetarium and Carl Gamble Observatory
820 38th St.
Rock Island, IL 61201