Image of the Month
Fall Equinox Fast Approaching
This month holds the fall or autumnal equinox. An equinox is the time of year when Earthís axis points neither towards or away from the Sun. On an equinox, the Sun appears to move through the celestial equator, which is the Earthís equator projected out into space.
Equinoxes only happen twice a year in the fall and spring. Here in St. Charles Parish, the fall equinox will occur at 3:44 p.m. on September 22. After that time, the North Pole will start to slowly point farther and farther away from the Sun as we head towards winter.
The Image of the Month includes four images taken by the weather satellite Meteosat-9. Each image of the Earth showing Africa was taken at a different point along our planetís yearly trip around the Sun.
In the image, north is always pointing straight up. You can see how the Earth is lit from north to south during the equinoxes but not so during the solstices. During the solstices, the Sun shines more directly on the North or South Pole. The reason for this change and our seasons is Earthís 23.5 degree tilt in space.
Our Planetarium has forty-two, theater-style seats for a comfortable viewing experience. Its digital, star projector creates an immersive portal on our universe. With it, we can show you, your family or your students more than just the stars. We can travel to the planets, back in time and beneath the ocean's surface.
Located just 20 miles west of New Orleans, Louisiana on US 90, the Planetarium is attached to the West Regional branch of the St. Charles Parish Library at 105 Lakewood Dr. in Luling.
We proudly offer FREE public shows every Monday, Wednesday and Saturday.
Call (985)785-8471 to schedule a private group showing or for current public showings.
Mondays and Wednesdays
6:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
Saturdays at 10 a.m.
Saturdays at 2 p.m.
All public shows are free,
but seating is limited.
So, come early!
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public show offerings.
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