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The search for Little Green Men in the night sky

The search for Little Green Men in the night sky

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Lycoming College invites the Williamsport community to enjoy free shows in its Detwiler Planetarium on Friday, March 6. The shows, which are part of Williamsport First Friday, begin at 6:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. and are open to the public.

What’s up in the current March night sky? Little Green Men, of course! In November 1967, Jocelyn Bell Burnell detected a strange signal from the radio telescope she was using during her graduate school years. She and her advisor jokingly called this signal LGM-1 (little green men), in reference to extraterrestrial life. March’s planetarium show will discuss the possibilities for extraterrestrial life and what conditions must be present for a planet to be considered habitable, as well as the mystery signal detected by Burnell (Spoiler Alert: it was a pulsar).

Free tickets are available that evening starting at 5 p.m. outside the planetarium. Seating is first come, first seated. The planetarium is located in the Lynn Science Center on the corner of Washington Boulevard and Mulberry Street.

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