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Spring 2018 Planetarium Shows

Public shows are offered on approximately one Saturday per month while college classes are in session, or September through April. We are closed from May through August, except for private shows. The fall semester schedule is usually posted below by the beginning of September, and the spring semester schedule by mid-January. If no schedule appears below, please check back soon. You may also contact us.

 

Weekend Shows:

Saturday, 2/24


5:00 PM - 6:00 PM, Supervolcanos

Feel the Heat! Supervolcanoes explores rare types of volcanic eruptions that marshal the energy that lurks, like a sleeping dragon, beneath the surface of planet Earth. The story of these big blow outs is a tale of havoc and mayhem: mass extinctions, climate collapses, and violence beyond anything humans have ever witnessed. In this unique immersive experience, audiences will explore the impact of volcanism on Earth and other worlds in our solar system. Can a supervolcano erupt in our own time? The answer is surprisingly close to home.

The Westminster College planetarium show will open with a tour of the night sky, highlighting celestial objects and events available in the current local sky.  It will be followed by the Supervolcanos movie presentation.  The show will run for about 1 hour, and is appropriate for ages 6 and higher.

6:30 PM - 7:30 PM, Stars

Explore the lives of the stars, how they are born, how they die, and how human understanding of the stars has changed over time.

Every star has a story. Some are faint and almost forgotten. Others burn bright and end their lives in powerful explosions. New stars are created every day within vast clouds of gas and dust. Through every phase of their existence, stars release the energy that powers the Universe. Journey to the farthest reaches of our galaxy and experience both the awesome beauty and destructive power of Stars.

The Westminster College planetarium show will open with a tour of the night sky, highlighting celestial objects and events available in the current local sky.  It will be followed by the Stars movie presentation.  The show will run for about 1 hour, and is appropriate for ages 6 and higher.  Weather permitting, after the presentation we will go outside for some guided stargazing.

8:00 PM - 9:00 PM, Supervolcanos

Feel the Heat! Supervolcanoes explores rare types of volcanic eruptions that marshal the energy that lurks, like a sleeping dragon, beneath the surface of planet Earth. The story of these big blow outs is a tale of havoc and mayhem: mass extinctions, climate collapses, and violence beyond anything humans have ever witnessed. In this unique immersive experience, audiences will explore the impact of volcanism on Earth and other worlds in our solar system. Can a supervolcano erupt in our own time? The answer is surprisingly close to home.

The Westminster College planetarium show will open with a tour of the night sky, highlighting celestial objects and events available in the current local sky.  It will be followed by the Supervolcanos movie presentation.  The show will run for about 1 hour, and is appropriate for ages 6 and higher.  Weather permitting, after the show we will go outside for some guided stargazing.

 

Saturday, 3/24


5:00 PM - 6:00 PM, Dinosaurs at Dusk

Dinosaurs at Dusk is a learning adventure of a father and his teenage daughter Lucy, who share a fascination for all things that fly.

You'll travel back in time to meet the pterosaurs and the ancestors of modern-day birds: the feathered dinosaurs. Lucy and her father navigate from continent to continent, looking for clues about the origins of flight.

When time runs out they experience first-hand the cataclysmic "last day" of the dinosaurs.

Science content includes continental drift, the proper motion of stars, asteroids and impacts, extinctions, and the convergent development of flight among species.

The Westminster College planetarium show will open with a tour of the night sky, highlighting celestial objects and events available in the current local sky.  It will be followed by the Dinosaurs at Dusk movie presentation.  The show will run for about 1 hour, and is appropriate for ages 5 and higher.

6:30 PM - 7:30 PM, Supervolcanos

Feel the Heat! Supervolcanoes explores rare types of volcanic eruptions that marshal the energy that lurks, like a sleeping dragon, beneath the surface of planet Earth. The story of these big blow outs is a tale of havoc and mayhem: mass extinctions, climate collapses, and violence beyond anything humans have ever witnessed. In this unique immersive experience, audiences will explore the impact of volcanism on Earth and other worlds in our solar system. Can a supervolcano erupt in our own time? The answer is surprisingly close to home.

The Westminster College planetarium show will open with a tour of the night sky, highlighting celestial objects and events available in the current local sky.  It will be followed by the Supervolcanos movie presentation.  The show will run for about 1 hour, and is appropriate for ages 6 and higher.

8:00 PM - 9:00 PM, Tales of the Maya Skies

Immerse yourself in the beauty of Chichén Itzá, Mexico, the "seventh wonder of the modern world." Listen to the story of the ancient Maya civilization. Experience Tales of the Maya Skies.

Using full dome digital technology to transport us back into the ancient jungles of Mexico, Tales of the Maya Skies uncovers Maya science, art and mythology. The Maya built cities and temples aligned to movements of the Sun, Moon and planets. Over many years they observed and documented astronomical events with great accuracy. These observations, in combination with a sophisticated mathematical system, allowed them to develop a precise calendar system.

Tales of the Maya Skies incorporates the latest scientific and archeological findings, including modern laser scanning of Maya hieroglyphics and artifacts.

The Westminster College planetarium show will open with a tour of the night sky, highlighting celestial objects and events available in the current local sky.  It will be followed by the Tales of the Maya Skies movie presentation.  The show will run for about 1 hour, and is appropriate for ages 6 and higher.  Weather permitting, after the show we will go outside to do some guided stargazing.

 

Saturday, 4/28


5:00 PM - 6:00 PM, Supervolcanos

Feel the Heat! Supervolcanoes explores rare types of volcanic eruptions that marshal the energy that lurks, like a sleeping dragon, beneath the surface of planet Earth. The story of these big blow outs is a tale of havoc and mayhem: mass extinctions, climate collapses, and violence beyond anything humans have ever witnessed. In this unique immersive experience, audiences will explore the impact of volcanism on Earth and other worlds in our solar system. Can a supervolcano erupt in our own time? The answer is surprisingly close to home.

The Westminster College planetarium show will open with a tour of the night sky, highlighting celestial objects and events available in the current local sky.  It will be followed by the Supervolcanos movie presentation.  The show will run for about 1 hour, and is appropriate for ages 6 and higher.

6:30 PM - 7:30 PM, Dawn of the Space Age

rom the launch of the first artificial satellite to the magnificent lunar landings and privately operated space flights, prepare to be immersed and overwhelmed in the most accurate historic reconstruction of Man's first steps into space. Who were the men and women who took part in these death defying endeavors? Witness their drive, passion, and perserverance to explore, in Dawn of the Space Age.

Produced by Mirage 3d of the Netherlands, Dawn of the Space Age begins with the launch of Sputnik and covers important Russian space history as well as the American Gemini, Apollo and Shuttle programs. Along the way are glimpses of the Viking mission to Mars and the Voyager mission to the outer planets. The show concludes with a look at the International Space Station, the X-prize winning private space ship, and future Mars exploration.

The Westminster College planetarium show will open with a tour of the night sky, highlighting celestial objects and events available in the current local sky.  It will be followed by the Dawn of the Space Age movie presentation.  The show will run for about 1 hour, and is appropriate for ages 6 and higher.

8:00 PM - 9:00 PM, Supervolcanos

Feel the Heat! Supervolcanoes explores rare types of volcanic eruptions that marshal the energy that lurks, like a sleeping dragon, beneath the surface of planet Earth. The story of these big blow outs is a tale of havoc and mayhem: mass extinctions, climate collapses, and violence beyond anything humans have ever witnessed. In this unique immersive experience, audiences will explore the impact of volcanism on Earth and other worlds in our solar system. Can a supervolcano erupt in our own time? The answer is surprisingly close to home.

The Westminster College planetarium show will open with a tour of the night sky, highlighting celestial objects and events available in the current local sky.  It will be followed by the Supervolcanos movie presentation.  The show will run for about 1 hour, and is appropriate for ages 6 and higher.