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By Lookout Staff

October 3, 2016 -- Explore the lunar surface where man first landed, get the latest on efforts to collect an asteroid sample and preview the first total solar eclipse in 37 years at Santa Monica College's John Drescher Planetarium this month.

The shows take place every Friday at 8 p.m. and are preceded by “The Night Sky Show” at 7 p.m., which "offers the latest news in astronomy and space exploration, a family-friendly 'tour' of the constellations, and the chance to ask astronomy-related questions," officials said.

The October series kicks off this Friday with a “Special Observing Event: Six-Day-Old Moon, the Ring Nebula, and a Pretty Double Star!”

The show "takes a close look at the Moon’s Sea of Tranquility, where humans first walked the surface, and the Sea of Serenity, near whose rim the final Apollo landing took place," organizers said.

The audience also will be able to gaze on the Ring Nebula and view the double star Albireo. If clouds intervene, the program will stay in the planetarium with high-resolution images, organizers said.

On Friday, October 14 and 21 the Planetarium will present “OSIRIS-REx: The Asteroid Sample Return Mission,” which looks at the mission scheduled to set out on a 2-year voyage to collect and return with samples from asteroid Bennu, organizers said

"Bennu has an orbit that carries it relatively close to Earth every 6 years, and is a potentially hazardous object posing a moderate threat of an Earth impact in the next 200 years," organizers said.

The show will focus on how the mission plans to accomplish its objectives and discuss Potentially Hazardous Asteroids along the way.

The series concludes October 28 with “The Total Eclipse of August 21, 2017,” which explores the first total solar eclipse to occur in the continental USA since 1979.

"With the solar corona plainly visible overhead, a total eclipse is one of those 'Must See' experiences," organizers said.

The show gives viewers a chance to learn about eclipses, find out its path and discuss viewing safety and weather conditions.

The John Drescher Planetarium, which features a Digistar projection system, is located near the elevators on the second floor of Drescher Hall (1900 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica).

Tickets are available at the door and cost $11 ($9 seniors and children) for the evening’s scheduled “double bill,” or $6 ($5 seniors age 60+ and children age 12 and under) for a single Night Sky or feature show or telescope-viewing session.

For information, call (310) 434-3005 or see or All shows subject to change or cancellation without notice.

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