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PRESTONSBURG – The East Kentucky Science Center and Planetarium will present The Cowboy Astronomer at 2 p.m., Saturday, March 1.


Located on the Prestonsburg campus of Big Sandy Community and Technical College, the EKSC presents this re-engineered show after a three-year hiatus. The Cowboy Astronomer is a skillfully woven tapestry of star tales and Native American legends, combined with constellation identification, star-hopping, and astronomy tidbits — all told from the unique viewpoint of a cowboy astronomer who has traveled the world plying his trade and learning the sky along the way.


This planetarium program features the planetarium narrating debut of nationally-renowned cowboy humorist and poet Baxter Black, known for his commentary on National Public Radio’s “Morning Edition,” and TV performances on NBC’s “Tonight Show.”


The basic premise of The Cowboy Astronomer is simple: you’re in the Western outdoors, listening to star legends and cowboy tales around the campfire. The cowboy astronomer gives us his perspective of the night sky, and the things he’s found out over a lifetime of stargazing.


It also features Native American star tales: the Fisher story of the cruel chieftain holding the birds of summer captive, and the Devil’s Tower tale of the Seven Indian Maidens and the Bear.


Admission is $6 for adults and $4 for students. Children under the age of four are free.


For more information, contact the EKSC at (606) 889-4809.

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