What do you get when you combine astronomy and zoology? A “Star Safari” – a collaborative public program presented by Abrams Planetarium and Potter Park Zoo staff. At first, it doesn’t seem like astronomers and zoologists have much in common, but actually both are concerned with conservation. Astronomers battle light pollution in an effort to preserve dark skies and the cultural legacy of the stars, and zoologists concentrate their efforts on protecting animals and their habitats.
Cultures throughout history have tried to make sense of the night sky by creating patterns out of the stars, and many of those patterns represent animals important to their myths and way of life. During “Star Safari”, planetarium staff will point out animal constellations from various cultures and share the stories they represent. Zoo staff will share interesting facts about the real life animals, some of which are found at our own Potter Park Zoo, and provide some insight into the conservation issues they face. Animal Ambassadors and live music will also be on hand before and after the program.
“Star Safari” will take place at Abrams Planetarium on the campus of MSU Saturday, Nov. 5. Doors open at 2 p.m., the program will start at 2:30 p.m.. Tickets are $4 adults, $3.50 for students and seniors, and $3 for children. They are available at the door.