ake plans to catch the new and exciting shows making their Laredo debut at the Planetarium at Texas A&M International University’s Lamar Bruni Vergara Science Center this Fall. M
The Future is Wild — What might the earth look like 5 million years from now? What might it look like in 200 million years? This show gives audiences a glimpse of what the future might look like for the animal kingdom, which might not include humans.To make sure everything in the film is possible, the film is based on hypotheses from an international group of specialists in biology, climatology, and geology.
Microcosm Virtual Voyage through the Human Body — Although the Planetarium is known to take viewers on voyages through the stars and space, Microcosm takes the audience inside the
human body. The audience shrinks to the size of a microbe, is injected into a patient and races through the body to find and
destroy a mysterious virus.
Thanksgiving and running for four weeks, this show explores different holiday customs. Learn the history behind Santa Claus and the Christmas tree, the Hanukkah Menorah, the Nordic Yule log and mistletoe, and many others. The show also includes some astronomy and an explanation on why we have seasons with a demonstration on the Sun’s path across the sky throughout the year and the Earth’s tilt and orbit around the Sun.
Santa Over Laredo — Primarily aimed at children, this show also starts Thanksgiving weekend and runs through Christmas weekend.
First-run shows run from six to eight weeks, with one new show and one older show playing each night.
Current shows at the Planetarium will run through the end of the year. Those include:
Rock Hall of Fame — This potpourri of music features classic rock artists, such as Pink Floyd, U2, the Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Aerosmith, Jimi Hendrix, and Midnight Oil. As the music plays, coincident light images on the dome and even some fireworks. It’s about 40 minutes of mind-blowing pyrotechnics.
Force 5 — The feature allows audiences to experience nature’s fury as they might not be able to otherwise: audiences will ride out a massive hurricane in the heart of the sea, get carried into the massive funnel cloud of a violent tornado and launch into orbit around the sun as a gigantic solar flare erupt from its surface.
Also available weekdays and during weekend is the downlink to NASA 24-hour programming on the Plasma TV above the lobby Planetarium door. All the latest developments in the space program and its findings happen there first.
General admission tickets cost $5; $6 for Rock Hall of Fame. Tickets for TAMIU students, faculty and staff and children under 12 are $4; $5 for Rock Hall of Fame. Cash only please. Group rates are available for 50 or more people; advance reservations required.
The Planetarium has opened the University to scores of community members, including groups of school children, who enjoyed the Planetarium shows during end-of-year trips. Other visitors include more than 300 sisters from the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas during their conference in late June at TAMIU.
The TAMIU Planetarium has one of the few new generation digital projectors. Prior technology only allowed a view from the Earth; this projector allows viewing from any part of the known universe. Thus, one can travel to structures unseen, except to highly developed telescopes. The Digistar 3 projectors use powerful graphics hardware and software to generate immersive full-dome images on the interior surface of a dome, integrating all-dome video, real time 3D computer graphics, and a complete astronomy package.
For more information and show schedule, visit the Planetarium on the Web at http://tamiu.edu/ coas/planetarium or call 956.326.2444.
For information on group rates,please call Laura Díaz at 956.326.2463 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Melissa Barrientos Whitfield
Photo by Guillermo Sosa
NEW FUN SHOWS AT THE LBVSC PLANETARIUM