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    Friday, December 21st

     

    ***Special Performances of Holiday Music by Arcola Music Department***

     

    6:30-7:30 p.m. (Target Audience 5 & Up)

        -Celestial Highlights & Seasons Of Light Holiday Special

    Click Here for Tickets to the 6:30 Show

       Did you ever wonder where certain holiday traditions come from? Why do we light up our homes? What is the significance of the Christmas tree, the holiday candle, what is a Menorah and why do we light candles night by night? Why do people kiss under the Mistletoe? Why do so many celebrations from cultures around the world take place on the shortest days of the year?

    8:00-9:00 p.m. (Target Audience 5 & Up)

       -Celestial Highlights & Seasons Of Light Holiday Special

    Click Here for Tickets to the 8:00 Show

     

     

    Friday, January 18th

    6:30-7:30 p.m. (Target Audience 5 and up)

    -Celestial Highlights & Molecularium

    A planetarium full-dome digital presentation targeted for younger audiences and families.  The Molecularium is an amazing ship that can speed up or slow down time, as well as change sizes to observe the universe at the atomic level.  Join Oxy, Hydro, and Hydra for this animated adventure through time and space.

     

    8:00-9:00 p.m. (Target Audience 12 & Up)

    -New Horizons, Ultima Thule Fly-By & Calendars: How & Why We Keep Track of Time

    On January 1st the New Horizons probe, which made detailed observations of Pluto in 2015, will pass by and make observations of a distant object called Ultima Thule.  Get an update on these observations and what we hope to learn from these observations. This is a historic observation as it will be the most close-up look at an object that is so far away from up.  

    Have you ever wondered why there are 7 days in a week?  Do you wonder why the months are different lengths Join planetarium director, Adam Chantry, as he explores the connection between the sky and how humans have kept track of time throughout history.  Journey from a time when everyone used different calendars to our modern calendar and timepieces to allow technologies like satellites and GPS. You may be surprised how much of a role the sky plays in our modern lives.  

     

    Friday, February 15th

    6:30-7:30 p.m. (Target Audience 5 & Up)

    -Celestial Highlights & Follow The Drinking Gourd

    In recognition of Black History Month, we follow a slave family in their journey to freedom. Slave children practiced a secret song that included directions for the Underground Railroad. Journey with us as we follow their trail to the Drinking Gourd. Included with this presentation is a night sky orientation of northern circumpolar stars.

     

    8:00-9:00 p.m. (Target Audience 12 & Up)

    -Celestial Highlights & The Funny Thing About The Sky - Valentines Day Special  -

    Love is in the air...or at least in the stars. There is no better way to spend time with your Valentine than looking up at the stars and laughing.  Join planetarium director Adam Chantry and professional comedian Chip Chantry as they team up for this unique show. Take a tour of the night sky, learn a few things, and have some laughs.  

     

    Friday, March 15th

    6:30-7:30 p.m. (Target Audience 5 & Up)

    -Celestial Highlights & Solar System Tour

    Venture through the nearest reaches of space as we take a trip to explore our solar system.  Fly through the objects that travel around our sun and learn what ancient peoples thought about these worlds and what modern science is just learning.  Visit the 8 main planets, some of the smaller dwarf planets, and some moons that could harbor alien life.

    8:00-9:00 p.m. (Target Audience 10 & Up)

    -Gustav Holst: The Planets

    Compare the scientific properties and the mythological aspects of the planets. View them through the eyes of our ancestors as we learn the basic mythology of the starry wanderers and compare that to the physical reality we know of today. Learn how Gustav Holst communicated the mythological aspects and visual look of each planet through his musical score The Planets.

     

    Friday, April 26th

    6:30-7:30 p.m. (Target Audience 5 & Up)

    -Celestial Highlights & Two Small Pieces of Glass

    Two Small Pieces of Glass traces the history of the telescope from Galileo’s modifications to a child’s spyglass-using two small pieces of glass- to the launch of NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope and the future of astronomy.  This show explores the wonder and discovery made by astronomers throughout the last 400+ years. While looking through the astronomer’s telescope, the audiences explores the Galilean Moons, Saturn’s rings, and the spiral structure of galaxies.  

     

    8:00-9:00 p.m. (Target Audience 10 & Up)

    -Celestial Highlights & Dynamic Earth

    This full-dome show explores the inner workings of Earth’s great life support system: the global climate. With visualizations based on satellite monitoring data and advanced supercomputer simulations, this cutting edge production follows a trail of energy that flows from the Sun into the interlocking systems that shape our climate: the atmosphere, oceans, and the biosphere. Audiences will ride along on swirling ocean and wind currents, dive into the heart of a monster hurricane, come face-to-face with sharks and gigantic whales, and fly into roiling volcanoes.

     

    **Saturday, April 27th** -

    Annual Community Star Party - See Star Party Page for details

     

    Friday, May 17th

    6:30-7:30 p.m. (Target Audience 5 & Up)

    -Celestial Highlights & We Are Stars - Great for future astronomers

    What are we made of? Where did it all come from? Explore the secrets of our cosmic chemistry, and our explosive origins with this brilliantly animated full dome movie. Concepts that will be interesting to older students and parents presented in a format that will be enjoyable for all ages.  Connect life on Earth to the evolution of the Universe by following the formation of Hydrogen atoms to the synthesis of Carbon, and the molecules for life. We Are Stars presents humanity’s current understanding of where everything, including us, came from.

     

    8:00-9:00 p.m. (Target Audience 10 & Up)

    -Celestial Highlights & Faster Than Light-NEW NEW NEW

    This brand new full dome movie explores the longstanding quest to develop spacecraft with enough power and speed to reach the stars. The film asks: What will it take to reach a newly discovered planet circling our Sun’s nearest neighbor, Proxima Centauri? Based on real science and engineering, “Faster Than Light” takes audiences on a thrilling journey into the future, aboard laser-driven space sails, antimatter engines, and even warp drive – right out of science fiction.