Special “Gateway to the Stars” on Jan. 8

Mike Murray

“Greetings fellow star gazers!” as the late Jack Horkheimer would say. Jack was the host of the TV show “Star Gazer” for over 30 years, based out of Miami until recently passing away. One of the reasons I wanted to start with that phrase was not only to pay tribute to his wonderfully theatrical and entertaining way of exciting people about stargazing, but also to note that his shows sometimes included some skylore about the stars. And so, for my next installment of “Gateway to the Stars” (Saturday, January 8 at 6:45 p.m.), I will include a little story about one of the most famous star clusters in the winter sky – the Pleiades. Sometimes called “The Seven Sisters” from Greek Mythology, it has stories about it from cultures all over the world. One of my favorites comes from the Chippewa People, called “The Seven Dancing Brothers,” which I will present during the next show.

This map highlights a common 'star hop' that we will illustrate in the show, from the Pleiades star cluster, to the Hyades cluster in Taurus and on to Orion

This map highlights a common 'star hop' that we will illustrate in the show, from the Pleiades star cluster, to the Hyades cluster in Taurus and on to Orion

Normally “Gateway to the Stars” is given on the first Saturday of every month.  You might notice that the first Saturday of January is the 1st, so we’ve decided to push it out to the 8th (plenty of time for everyone to recover from their “holiday cheer”!).  Even though this may be the darkest and coldest time of the year, it’s also the time to celebrate some of most beautiful constellations and deep sky sights!  We’ll show you how to find them quickly and comfortably.  I hope you’ll join me for a special January edition of “Gateway to the Stars“!

Tickets for this presentation are $1 at the ticket window or $2 online.

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