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WSC Planetarium Presents "Astronaut,'' Oct. 17 - Nov. 21

Published: 10-12-2010 2:45 pm

Wayne State College's Fred G. Dale Planetarium will present "Astronaut" from Oct. 17 to Nov. 21. All shows are at 3:30 p.m. Sundays.

"Astronaut," the latest immersive planetarium show, takes the audience from Earth into space ... and beyond. Viewers will experience a rocket launch from inside the body of an astronaut and explore the amazing worlds of inner and outer space, from floating around the International Space Station to maneuvering through microscopic regions of the human body.

The show demonstrates the perils that lurk in space as the subject, "Chad," serves as a test astronaut to everything that space has to throw at him.

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 K-college class use. The planetarium can be used as a learning environment with a surround-sound system.

- The planetarium has 10 full-dome shows for adults and children.

For information: Dr. Todd Young, professor of physics, (402) 375-7471, or visit


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