Seasonal Skies

Sky Tonight Spring 2015

December 23rd, 2014 – March 19th, 2015

Take a journey through the Spring night time sky. Review the spring constellations, find the visible planets, and learn about current celestial events while traveling through the Milky Way like never before.  Our Spring Sky Tonight illuminates the audience on the Moon’s lunar cycle then goes further out to explore the planets in our solar system.  But we don’t stop there!  We’ll even go beyond our solar system to explore other galaxies as well as the far reaches of deep space.

Running before The Moon, From the Blue Planet to the Red Planet, and Hitchhikers Tour Through the Universe.

 

New Horizons For A Little Planet

March 20th, 2015 – July 31st, 2015

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“New Horizons for a Little Planet” is a lighthearted introduction to NASA’s New Horizons mission to Pluto and the Kuiper Belt. Launched in 2006, the New Horizons spacecraft is scheduled to fly by Pluto and its moons in July of 2015. The purpose of the program is to introduce planetarium visitors to the mission prior to its arrival at Pluto.  After it encounters Pluto, New Horizons will continue on through the Kuiper Belt and the mission will likely be extended. A smaller, more primitive Kuiper Belt Object will then be targeted for a rendezvous in 2018 or 2019. These encounters promise us unprecedented close up views of these distant worlds and the information gathered by New Horizons will provide valuable insight into the formation of our solar system and its planets.

Running before Dark Universe.

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Starry skies are a vanishing treasure because light pollution is washing away our view of the cosmos. It not only threatens astronomy, it disrupts wildlife, and affects human health. The yellow glows over cities and towns — seen so clearly from space — are testament to the billions spent in wasted energy from lighting up the sky. Losing the Dark is a “public service announcement” planetarium show, a collaboration of Loch Ness Productions and the International Dark-Sky Association. It introduces and illustrates some of the issues regarding light pollution, and suggests three simple actions people can take to help mitigate it.

Running before Dark Universe.

 

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