Native Americans: View of the Sky

March 8th, 2008 by Adam

The Sylvestre Planetarium
at Plymouth State University will present a program on the rituals and lore created by Native Americans as a way to interpret what they saw in the sky, March 25 at 6:30 p.m. in Boyd Science Center room 137.

“Native Americans were very aware of the world around them, including the sky, both day and night. While they used only their eyes to observe,they noticed many things people in general tend to miss,” said Planetarium Director Dennis Machnick. “To many of us, these stories may sound like fairy tales, but that would dismiss the very solid observations on which the tales were based,” he said.

Sally Jean Jensen, NASA Solar System Ambassador, will talk about these tales and the facts on which they are based, using illustrations from a number of sources including the Hubble and Spitzer Space Telescopes, the Chandra X-ray Observatory and some of her own images taken at the McDonald Observatory in Texas.

There is no charge for admission to the program which is sponsored by the Planetarium.

For information call Dennis Machnick at (603) 535-2748.

For general information about events at PSU, log on to ThisWeek@PSU at