NOC Enid Plans August 3 Planetarium Show

Ponca City Now - July 27, 2023 6:09 am

The Mackie Planetarium on the NOC Enid campus will present the next show on Thursday, Aug. 3, at 7 p.m.

Fritz Osell will present the night sky over Enid and show prominent constellations in the evening sky.  He will also show known stars with planets and visitors will be surprised to see how many planetary systems have been discovered. Discovery of new planetary systems is largely a result of the combination of advanced telescopes like the James Webb space telescope with the rapid advancement of computer technology.  He will also which stars in the night sky are known to have planets in orbit around them.

It has been 134 years since the Land Run of 1889.  Osell will show how a new Land Run 134 years in the future may be a race to stake out claims and mine the resources in asteroids.

NOC’s full dome planetarium show will take our visitors into space by way of a space elevator.

There is no charge, but we do accept donations of non-perishable food items for Our Daily Bread and Loaves and Fishes.

A ribbon cutting for the newly renovated facility will be Tuesday, Aug. 1, at 6:30 p.m. with a ribbon cutting sponsored by the Enid Area Chamber of Commerce.  A planetarium show will follow at 7 p.m.

  Northern Oklahoma College, the state’s first public two-year community college, is a multi-campus, land-grant institution that provides high quality, accessible, and affordable educational opportunities and services.

NOC serves nearly 4,000 students through the home campus in Tonkawa, branch in Enid, and NOC/OSU Gateway Program in Stillwater.  Of these students about 80% receive financial aid and/or scholarships. 75% of NOC students complete their degree with zero debt.

The college is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and offers associate degrees in three general areas: Arts, Science and Applied Science; the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs; and the Accreditation Commission for Education and Nursing.

For more information about Northern Oklahoma College please call (580) 628-6208 or visit the NOC website at

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