As part of the United Arts of Central Florida's ArtsFest festival, Seminole State College Planetarium had a showing this weekend called StarTalk Live! It was an incredibly witty, zany and fun show featuring Derek Demeter and Michael McConville debunking some astrological myths such as the moon landing was a hoax, life on mars and *dum dum dum* the destruction of Earth in 2012.

This reminded me of how many neat things we have in our backyard and I want to share more of these fun things to do with you (my readers, or at least I pretend that you exist).

The Planetarium is run by Derek Demeter, who has done a great job of making science fun, he is frequently seen dressed up in his crazy science guy outfit for shows, events on campus and even to direct students to class. If you do go to one of his Planetarium shows, you will not only learn something, but you will have so much fun it won't even seem like you are learning. Toss aside your myths about science and astronomy being boring, this guy will prove you wrong.

Seminole State College Planetarium

In October the Planetarium hosts Owlpheratz School of Science and Spooks which is a fun event aimed for children to learn about science and a bit about cultural and historical information surrounding it. The event has grown substantially since it began and for my family has become an annual tradition.



The Planetarium is also home to the Central Florida Astronomical Society. If you are very interested in astronomy, their meetings are open to the public.

If you live in Seminole County or at least somewhat close by, you should check out the Planetarium. It is state of the art. The full dome video equipment they have is unmatched by anything in the area. You will be able to watch on screen just as if you were looking up at the sky.

You can find out more about the Seminole State's Planetarium at their web-site, including the upcoming show dates and times. Also you can fan them on  

To find out about the upcoming show times for Seminole State College Planetarium, call 407-708-2360

The "Edwin Heimerschmidt, Traveling Planetarium Salesman" parody infomercial from the planetarium show, "StarTalk LIVE!" Starring Edwin Heimerschmidt.

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