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ASU Planetarium Spring Schedule Features Multiple Shows

March 17, 2011

Angelo State University’s newly updated Global Immersion Center (GIC), formerly the Planetarium, will feature three full-dome public astronomy shows during the second half of its spring schedule that begins on Thursday, March 24.

“Secrets of the Sun” will run at 7 p.m. Thursdays and 8 p.m. Fridays, March 24-May 6, and at 3 p.m. Saturdays, March 26-April 30. “Oasis in Space” will run at 8 p.m. Thursdays and 7 p.m. Fridays, March 24-May 6. “Secret of the Cardboard Rocket” will run at 2 p.m. Saturdays, March 26-April 30.

“Secrets of the Sun” is being offered for the first time at ASU. It features an intimate look at the role the sun plays in the life of our solar system. From the nuclear forces churning at the heart of the sun to the mass ejections of solar material into surrounding space, audiences will experience the power of the sun and its impact on the planets and ultimately life on Earth. The production traces the life cycle of the sun, going back to its beginnings and moving forward in time to its eventual death.

“Oasis in Space” will transport audiences on a startling and beautiful voyage through our universe, galaxy and solar system in search of liquid water, a key ingredient for life on Earth. Audiences will be invited to journey through the solar system and gaze at beautiful images of the planets and their satellites. The show starts with Earth and its vast oceans that make life possible. One by one, it examines the other planets and moons, accompanied by full descriptions of their characteristics, such as atmosphere, temperature and composition. Spectacular pictures invite attendees to draw their own conclusions about the other orbiting bodies in our solar system and debate questions like, “Is there water out there?” and “Is there life beyond Earth?”

“Secret of the Cardboard Rocket” is a family feature that allows audiences to embark on an outstanding adventure as two children spend a night touring the solar system alongside their ship’s navigator, an astronomy book. It is produced with modern 3-D digital animation and includes spectacular effects designed at “Star Wars” creator George Lucas’ Skywalker Ranch.

All the shows are open to the public with admission prices of $3 for adults and $2 for children, active military and senior citizens. ASU students, faculty and staff are admitted free. The GIC is located in the ASU Vincent Nursing-Physical Science Building, 2333 Vanderventer St.

For more information, call 942-2136 or go online to www.angelo.edu/dept/physics/planetarium.html. A recording of the show schedule is also available by calling 942-2188.