Marie Drake Planetarium volunteer Clark Branch uses a laser pointer to circle the North Star during a monthly talk on the night sky on Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2017. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)

Marie Drake Planetarium volunteer Clark Branch uses a laser pointer to circle the North Star during a monthly talk on the night sky on Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2017. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)

Planetarium presentation looks into ancient societies

Anyone who steps into Marie Drake Planetarium tonight will be stepping back in time.

Starting at 7 p.m., planetarium board member Rosemary Walling will give attendees insight into how ancient societies used the stars, the sun, the moon and seasons to form their calendars. Walling, who has taught astronomy at the University of Alaska Southeast, will touch on societies from Babylon to the Americas and will share insight into how those ancient calendars affect our modern timekeeping.

The free program is intended for children 10 and up, but anyone may attend. The planetarium is located at 1415 Glacier Avenue between Harborview Elementary and Juneau-Douglas High School, inside the Marie Drake Building. The presentation is expected to last until about 8:15 p.m. Those with additional questions are asked to call 500-2941.

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