In a press release, Marion Community Schools announced that with the spark of interest in the upcoming solar eclipse, Marion High School’s state-of-the-art planetarium is putting on special shows that explore the unusual phenomenon.
They invite the public to attend the show either Saturday, Aug. 19th or Sunday, Aug. 20th. Shows will begin at 2:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. Admission is free, but seating is limited and visitors will be seated on a first-come, first-served basis. Doors open about 30 minutes before each showing. Enter MHS through Door 22 at the front of the building. MHS is located at 250 W. 26th St., Marion, IN. Concessions at the show will be available from the Marion High School Green Society, with proceeds helping to fund recycling efforts at the school.
Patricia Gibson, Director of Communications, shared that “this is a great opportunity for a special experience with the family, right here in Marion!” She also said that “Marion Community Schools is pleased to be able to present this special show to the public and share our exceptional facilities with the community in this way.”
The planetarium at MHS was renovated in fall 2012. It boasts state-of-the-art LED cove lighting; 5.1 surround sound system with JBL cinema series speakers that push 2400 watts of power; a Digitarium Kappa projector that broadcasts full dome shows; and seating for 58.
On the day of the eclipse, Monday, Aug. 21, MHS science teacher Tina Harris will be outside watching the eclipse with her classes, weather permitting. People are welcome to join the watch party! The eclipse should be visible in Marion from about 1 to 3:30 p.m. Aug. 21.
This post was created in collaboration with Ms. Gibson, Director of Communications, Marion Community Schools.
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