Sunday, July 5, 2015

'Open Air' Planetarium rescheduled due to bad weather

The heavens aren't cooperating with public art. Derrick Pitts, the chief astronomer and planetarium director for the Franklin Institute, was scheduled to give a talk at "Open Air," the Benjamin Franklin Parkway-spanning public art project currently lighting up Philly's sky, tomorrow.

'Open Air' Planetarium rescheduled due to bad weather

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The heavens aren't cooperating with public art.

Derrick Pitts, the chief astronomer and planetarium director for the Franklin Institute, was scheduled to give a talk at "Open Air," the Benjamin Franklin Parkway-spanning public art project currently lighting up Philly's sky, tomorrow. Alas, inclement weather put a hitch in their plans and the event, "Planetarium on the Parkway," will instead be rescheduled for Fri., Oct. 12.

"Planetarium on the Parkway" puts the control of "Open Air's" 24 powerful searchlights in the hands of Pitts who will use them to point out astronomical goings-on in the night sky. Typically, the searchlights are controlled by messages people leave via the website or an iPhone app. While "Open Air" runs nightly through Oct. 14 from 8-11 p.m., Pitts' talk will begin at 8:30 p.m.

For more information check out associationforpublicart.org/planetarium or call 215-546-7550

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