April 13, 2017 10:30AM
The L. Russell Kelce Planetarium at Pittsburg State University will offer two new programs in April. At 6 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Monday, April 17, the planetarium will show “Incoming!” which examines the asteroids and comets that have collided with Earth throughout its history. At 6 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Tuesday, April 25, the planetarium will show “Fragile Planet: Earth’s Place in the Universe.”
The L. Russell Kelce Planetarium is located at 1702 S. Joplin Street in Pittsburg, Kan.
“Incoming!” narrated by George Takei, uses real-time data from NASA missions to take audiences on a ride through the dynamic story of our cosmic origins. Audiences discover what the many impacts from space can teach us about our planet’s history. Viewers also learn about the scientific advances that may allow us to find and track cosmic threats before they reach Earth.
“Fragile Planet: Earth’s Place in the Universe,” narrated by Sigourney Weaver, combines scientific visualization with movie-making magic to highlight Earth's special place in the universe as the only known haven for life.
“Fragile Planet” was written and produced by the visualization studio of the California Academy of Sciences. The show’s spectacular visuals are augmented by an evocative, multi-dimensional sound environment by renowned giant-screen composer Michael Stearns.
Tickets for each show are $3 for adults and $2 for students, children and seniors, payable in cash, at the door. Seating is limited. The doors close promptly at the show start times and there is no admission after a program has begun.
The Kelce Planetarium uses a Digitarium Zeta projector, which is capable of projecting stars, constellations, planets, the sun, the moon (and phases), daily motion of the sky, yearly motion of the sky, and motion to view the sky from any latitude on Earth. Each program also includes a tour of the current night sky.
For information about the Kelce Planetarium, including programs for schools, churches, and other groups, contact the Department of Physics at 620-235-4391.