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May 2006

Release Date: May 31, 2006

Space and Cowboys Combine for Stellar Show

A new show at the Angelo State University Planetarium indicates that cowboys and astronomers have a lot more in common than most people would suspect.

"The Cowboy Astronomer" is being presented at 8 p.m. Thursdays, June 1 through June 29, at the ASU Planetarium in the Vincent Nursing-Physical Science Building, 2333 Vanderventer on the ASU campus.

Like astronomers, cowboys spend a lot of their time under night skies, trying to read the heavens for their own purposes. Just as cowboys roam the range looking for cattle, astronomers roam the sky looking for stars and planets. In fact, some might call astronomers the "ranchers" of the universe.

The show explores the similarities between these two different professions and touches upon the legends related to the sky and the stars as they evolved from Native American tales into our own folklore.

Admission price is $3 for adults and $2 for children, students and senior citizens. ASU students, faculty and staff are admitted free. For more information on "The Cowboy Astronomer," call the planetarium at 942-2136.

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