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Fresno has a Planetarium?

Despite living most of my life in Fresno, there are still many things I have not seen in the city, especially those that have remained since then (unlike the constant cycle of businesses coming and going). The Downing Planetarium is one of them, located at the Fresno State Campus. Its 74-seat theater features an iconic Minolta MS-10 star projector (an analog “planetarium”; planetarium used to refer to these devices, but the term planetarium has evolved to refer to the entire facility), which projects on a 30-foot hemispherical dome.

There are public programs on one weekend (Friday evenings, Saturday afternoons) every month, with tickets costing $5 (cheaper for students, young children and seniors), with availability for private groups or school trips. The planetarium features star gazing during the days of public programs from dusk to dawn for free. Other than the theater, there’s a lobby, gift shot, and a museum. This month, there are 2 shows available (2 are sold out already), Einstein’s Gravity Playlist and Destination Mars on Friday. It’s recommended to place reservations for the shows rather than buying the tickets onsite, since the shows tend to become sold-out.

Rare Sun Halo seen in Fresno

Up in the sky, sometimes there are amazing things to look up at. If you looked up at the sky today, you likely saw a sun halo; a rainbow ring circling the sun. A sun halo is in the family 22 degree halos, which are formed by hexagonal ice crystals refracting light by 22 degrees. The halos can be caused by the moon as well, and can vary in appearance, such as the case with a Sun Dog, which is even rarer to spot in Fresno.

A closer view of the sun halo.
What a full blown sun dog looks like; last I saw one in Fresno it was much more faint. Image from Wikipedia.

Club One Casino

Casinos are typically a fun place to go, even if you’re not a gambler. It’s another way to connect and socialize with family and friends, especially over lots of food. However, I tend to avoid casinos because of the nasty ass cigarette smoke permeating the inside of many casinos, exposing you to nicotine exposure, and hundreds of carcinogens, not to mention the pure stench of the smoke to begin with. A relatively new trend among very few casinos (typically new) is ditching the smoke by becoming smoke free. MGM Park for example, recently became smoke free; the reason why most casinos probably don’t adopt this policy is fear of losing customers, though, is cleaner air really something to scotch over?

Club One Casino became smoke free, especially after its relocation from Down Town to Cedar/Dakota. This particular casino is relatively small (in my experience), and it is mostly dedicated to poker, so it is abound in poker tables. Nevertheless, it has two bar areas, plenty of TVs to watch sports (Go Warriors!), and food stuffs.

Facelift

It looks like the historical landmark water tower in downtown Fresno is getting a face lift! Hopefully they’ll spruce it some. Fingers crossed. Apologies for the raw quality of the photos. I was at a stop light when I was snapping the pics from my phone.

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