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SKY Shows We Are Astronomers

THROUGH JUNE 30 AT REGULAR SHOW TIMES (SEE BACK COVER), EXCEPT 2:00 PM TUESDAY,WEDNESDAY, SATURDAY & SUNDAY

Today’s astronomer is not the lone observer of past centuries. This visually exciting, 360-degree, full-dome animated show tells about the global collaboration, technology, and dedication required to answer the unsolved questions of the universe. You will learn what astronomers actually do, how relevant astronomy is, and how it connects to other sciences and to daily life. Narrated by David Tennant of Doctor Who. Suitable for family audiences. Also included is a tour of the seasonal night sky identifying constellations and visible planets.

Digital Universe

THROUGH MAY 31 2:00 PM TUESDAY, WEDNESDAY, SATURDAY & SUNDAY

Using the world's most extensive, accurate three-dimensional mapping of the universe, Digital Universe brings astronomy information to life in a 3-D environment much like that of an immersive computer game.This beautiful show invites you to explore the night sky from “nearby”(the planets of the solar system and the stars of our Milky Way Galaxy) out to the edge of our observable universe. Digital Universe is routinely updated with the latest NASA discoveries. A brief tour of the seasonal night sky and constellation identification is included.

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FAMILY Shows

A Brief Mystery of Time

THROUGH AUGUST 29 10:00 AM & 5:00 PM SATURDAY

This humorous, educational presentation about science, history, and our cultural perceptions of time is suitable for all ages. Astronomical topics include black holes, wormholes, the speed of light, and the possibilities of time travel. A Brief Mystery of Time is produced completely in laser light.

l to r: Crystal Green, Dijon Pickens, and planetarium director Jon Elvert

500,000 Planetarium Tickets Sold!

Tuesday, January 19, was a lucky day for Dijon Pickens. He had been meaning to see a planetarium show for quite some time, and he decided to bring his friend Crystal Green to see We Are Astronomers. Upon his purchase of the 500,000th ticket to a planetarium show, staff members surprised him with cheers and a gift basket containing a telescope, a museum membership, a star finder, and a DVD of a planetarium film. The Irene W. Pennington Planetarium opened its doors on May 23, 2003.

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