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ASU Planetarium Summer Schedule Announced

May 25, 2011

Angelo State University’s newly updated Global Immersion Center (GIC), formerly the Planetarium, will feature three full-dome public astronomy shows during its summer schedule that begins on Thursday, June 2.

“Zula Patrol: Down to Earth” will run at 7 p.m. Thursdays, June 2-July 21. “Search for the Edge of the Solar System” will run at 8 p.m. Thursdays and 7 p.m. Fridays, June 2-July 22. “Secrets of the Sun” will run at 8 p.m. Fridays, June 3-July 22.

“Zula Patrol: Down to Earth” is a new family show that follows the exploits of the Zula Patrol. While on a routine fossil-hunting expedition, the Zula Patrol turns up evidence that the villainous Deliria Delight has been travelling back in time to Earth’s prehistoric past to illegally dump her company’s toxic trash. The Zula Patrollers must find and catch her, before her actions cause catastrophic consequences. In the process, our heroes learn all about the formation and development of Earth, and the life forms who call it home. “Zula Patrol: Down to Earth” is being sponsored by San Angelo’s H-E-B supermarket.

“Search for the Edge of the Solar System” is being offered for the first time at ASU. Viewers will learn about scientific research as they follow the creation of NASA’s Interstellar Boundary Explorer (IBEX) spacecraft. The show provides an in-depth look at the mission and how the IBEX is mapping the boundaries of our solar system. Through narration by two inquisitive teenagers, audiences will hear from the developers of the IBEX mission and get the latest updates on the mission’s discoveries.

“Secrets of the Sun” 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.

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.