Kids explored space at Columbia Public Schools Planetarium

1 year 1 month 3 weeks ago February 06, 2016 Feb 6, 2016 Saturday, February 06 2016 Saturday, February 06, 2016 3:24:00 PM CST in News
By: Amber Smith, KOMU 8 Reporter

COLUMBIA - A group of kids in Columbia explored space Saturday through a monthly space show at the Columbia Public Schools Planetarium.

Melanie Knocke, CPS planetarium director, led the show today, which was aimed for younger children. She pointed out constellations, showed pictures of the moon and told kids many facts about space.

"The goal of the planetarium is to get kids excited about science and using astronomy to do that," Knocke said.

The planetarium, located at Rock Bridge High School, has been here since 1974. 

Knocke said there are shows at the planetarium once a month, usually on the second Saturday of the month, but February is different because of Valentine's Day. The shows are free, but they ask people make a $2 donation if they can to cover the expense of the show.

For more information about the public shows, visit the CPS planetarium website.

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