Ovensik named Ingram Planetarium manager

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By Laura Lewis, Reporter

Edward Ovensik has been named new manager of Ingram Planetarium in Sunset Beach.

Terry Bryant, executive director of the Ocean Isle Museum Foundation, chose Ovensik to succeed Mark Jankowski, who has left to help with his church ministries and a new business.

For the past few years, Ovensik has worked as education and outreach coordinator for the Museum of Coastal Carolina in Ocean Isle Beach and Ingram Planetarium. Ovensik said he worked two-and-a-half years as an employee and two-and-a-half years as a volunteer.

“Since seeing the rings of Saturn through a telescope received from my uncle for Christmas when I was 10 years old, I have enjoyed relating that experience to audiences at Ingram Planetarium as an educator and look forward to doing more with shows and exhibits in my new role,” Ovensik said. “I want visitors to leave with greater knowledge and a thirst to explore the night skies.”

Ovensik has a bachelor’s degree in biology from Dowling College in Oakdale, N.Y., worked toward a master’s degree in marine botany from the University of Rhode Island, and has a juris doctor in law from the State University of New York at Buffalo. His career has focused on environmental, health and safety compliance in government and industry.

Ingram Planetarium is at 7625 High Market St. in Sunset Beach. Doors open at 11 a.m. Mondays through Saturdays through Sept. 2.

SciDome Sky Theater Shows are “Legends of the Night Sky” at 11:15 a.m., “Undiscovered Worlds” at 1 p.m., “Dynamic Earth” at 2 p.m., “Oasis in Space” at 3 p.m. and “Seven Wonders” at 4 p.m.

All regularly priced Sky Theater programs are followed by a live star show.

Laser music shows are:

Thursdays and Saturdays—Beatles at 5 p.m., Pink Floyd: Dark Side of the Moon at 6 p.m. and Metallica at 7 p.m.

Fridays—Laser Spirit at 5 p.m., Arena Rock at 6 p.m., Pink Floyd: The Wall at 7 p.m.

Saturdays—Beatles at 5 p.m., Pink Floyd: Dark Side of the Moon at 6 p.m., Pink Floyd: The Wall at 7 p.m.

Metallica and Pink Floyd: The Wall are not recommended for young children.

Admission is free for planetarium members and half-price for dual members. Per-show non-member admission is $8 for adults (ages 13 to 61), $7 seniors (age 62 and older), $6 children (ages 3 to 12), and free for ages 2 and younger.

Free planetarium events include those in the Paul Dennis Science Hall, featuring new exhibits of the Sunset Beach 50th Anniversary and augmented reality exhibit.

Free noon programs are “Explore the Science Hall” on Mondays, “Moons & Tides” on Tuesdays, Sea Turtle Talk on Wednesdays and “Science in Small Bytes” on Thursdays.

For more information, call the planetarium during its regular business hours at (910) 575-0033.

For more information about the museum and planetarium, log onto museumplanetarium.org.


Laura Lewis is a staff writer at The Brunswick Beacon. Reach her at 754-6890 or email her at llewis@brunswickbeacon.com.