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WSC Planetarium to Feature 'Stars' and 'The Enchanted Reef'

Published: 1-10-2011 2:30 pm

Wayne State College's Fred G. Dale Planetarium will feature "Stars" on Sundays at 3:30 p.m. Jan. 16, Jan. 30, Feb. 13 and Feb. 27 and "The Enchanted Reef" (KALUOKA'HINA) at 3:30 p.m. Sundays, Jan. 23, Feb. 6 and Feb. 20.

Every star has a story. Journey to the farthest reaches of our galaxy and experience the awesome beauty and destructive power of "Stars". The show focuses on the lives of stars, how they are born, how they die, and how human understanding of stars has changed over time. From Native Americans to Newton, from the electromagnetic spectrum to Albert Einstein, audiences will explore nebulae, star clusters, pulsars, black holes, and more (target audience age 6 - adult). The planetarium has 10 full-dome shows for adults and children.

"The Enchanted Reef" includes a story and animated characters suitable for audiences aged 0 to 10 years. The feature's summary states, "The vastness of the planet's oceans guards unimaginable secrets. One of its most precious is 'Kaluoka'hina,' the enchanted reef whose magic protects it against humans finding it. Kaluoka'hina's colorful inhabitants have lived in peace until the volcano erupts. The young sawfish, Jake, and his paranoid pal, Shorty, work to restore the magic of Kaluoka'hina. Their only lead is an ancient legend that tells of touching the moon. 'How is a fish supposed to touch the moon?' is just one of the intriguing puzzles that Jake and Shorty must solve on their exciting adventure to save their beloved reef."

The Wayne State College planetarium includes:
-- a high-definition projection system putting 3 million pixels on the 30-foot dome;
-- Astronomy software with a database of 500 million stars that can move backward and forward through time +/- 100,000 years. The system allows an audience to look at space from any location in the solar system; allows the audience viewers to fly through space; and has an extensive educational library of astronomical images and movies for kindergarten through college class use.
-- a learning environment with a surround-sound system.

Information on these shows and future shows is available at http://www.wsc.edu/planetarium/

For information: Dr. Todd Young, planetarium director, (402) 375-7471


 

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