More Info. about each show:
NEW SHOW “Two Small Pieces of Glass” at 8 PM
The Amazing Telescope fulldome show follows two students as they interact with an astronomer at a local star party.
Along the way, the students learn the history of the telescope from Galileo’s modifications to a child’s spyglass — using two small pieces of glass — to the launch of the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope and the future of astronomy. Aiming to engage and appeal to audiences, the show explores the wonder and discovery made by astronomers throughout the last 400 years.
“Understanding the Zodiac Constellations” at 7 PM
A LIVE planetarium show will be presented on Thursday, April 18, at 7 PM at the Hollidaysburg Planetarium. This family show (suggested minimum age 10 and up) will be presented in the traditional planetarium style using many of the new planetarium’s features!
The stars, planets, and constellations of the current evening sky will be presented with the best of the spring sky zodiac constellations. Topics will include:
Why are the zodiac constellations so special?
How did we get the zodiac constellations?
Why is Aries usually listed first when reading your horoscope?
What is the third motion of the Earth (besides rotation and revolution)?
Did we always have a North Star?
With the new planetarium, we can travel back several thousand years and see where the constellations were at that time and how they have changed. This is an original script presented by Fred Marschak.
“Incoming” at 6 PM
Asteroids and comets have collided with our planet throughout its history, changing the course of life on Earth and shaping the world we know today.
Incoming!, an original planetarium show from the California Academy of Sciences, explores the past, present, and future of our Solar System and the landmark discoveries scientists have made sending spacecraft to visit tiny worlds. Cutting-edge visualizations bring real-time data from current NASA missions to life while taking audiences on a ride through the dynamic story of our cosmic origins. Along the way, audiences discover what these impacts from above can teach us — and how scientific advances may allow us to find and track cosmic threats before they reach planet Earth.
This month at a glance:
Eclipse day at Homewood on 8/21/17