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Wayne State College Planetarium Features 'Enchanted Reef' and 'Space Opera'

Published: 1-5-2012 3:35 pm

The Fred G. Dale Planetarium at Wayne State College will begin its 2012 spring season of public shows at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 13 with "Kaluoka'hina: The Enchanted Reef'' and "Space Opera" at 7:30 p.m.

"Kaluoka'hina: The Enchanted Reef" is a childrens show. The story involves the young sawfish Jake and his paranoid pal Shorty. The two characters try to restore the magic of Kaluoka'hina; their only lead: the ancient legend that tells of touching the moon - but how is a fish supposed to touch the moon?

The second show will be "Space Opera," a virtual space journey that begins with the discovery of an alien spaceship beneath the Earth that then takes off and visits the entire solar system and beyond. Subsequent shows will be held on every other Friday night throughout the spring.

The features will be shown again Jan. 27, Feb. 10, Feb. 24, March 16, March 30, April 13 and April 27.

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.

Please visit for more information about these public shows or to find out how to book a private group showing.  The suggested donation for all shows is $3 per person. All donations are appreciated.

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


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