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July 2007

Release Date: July 9, 2007

Stars and Cowboys Highlight ASU Planetarium Show

The surprising similarities between astronomers and cowboys will be featured in the new show “The Cowboy Astronomer,” beginning Thursday, July 12, in the Angelo State University Planetarium.

Show times are 8 p.m. Thursdays, July 12 to August 9. The Planetarium is located in the ASU Vincent Nursing-Physical Science Building, 2333 Vanderventer.

Like astronomers, cowboys spend a lot of their time under night skies trying to read the heavens for their own purposes. Just as cowboys roam the range looking for cattle, astronomers roam the sky looking for stars and planets. In fact, astronomers are sometimes referred to as the "ranchers" of the universe.

“The Cowboy Astronomer” will explore the parallels between the two different professions and touch upon the legends related to the sky and the stars as they evolved from Native American tales into our own folklore.

Shows are open to the public with admission prices of $3 for adults and $2 for children and senior citizens. ASU students, faculty and staff are admitted free.

For more information, contact Dr. Mark Sonntag at the Planetarium, 942-2136.

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