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June 2004

Release Date: June 04, 2004

ASU Planetarium Program Examines Ringed Planet Saturn

"Ring World," a show offered Thursday evenings at the Angelo State University Planetarium, will explore how the ringed planet Saturn has been seen by astronomers through the centuries as well as how it has been viewed by different cultures throughout history.

Airing at 8 p.m. Thursdays, June 10 through August 12, except for July 8, the show will trace mankind's fascination with Saturn, the second largest planet in our solar system and the sixth planet from the sun. The ASU Planetarium is located in the Vincent Nursing-Physical Science Building at 2333 Vanderventer on the ASU campus.

"Ring World" will show early telescopic views of Saturn and will culminate within the exploration of Saturn by the Voyager and Cassini spacecraft. With a diameter of 74,900 miles, Saturn was the first planet in our solar system to be observed with a ring. Saturn's ring is made up of multiple concentric rings of ice.

"Ring World" is open to the public. Admission is $3 for adults and $1.50 for children and senior citizens. ASU students, faculty and staff are admitted free. For information, call 942-2136.