Hummel Planetarium to Resume Public Shows on Saturdays

image from "Perfect Little Planet"

Hummel Planetarium at Eastern Kentucky University will resume public shows on Saturdays, beginning April 12.

A new projection system, designed and installed by Information Technology staff at the University, has replaced outdated, unreliable equipment, allowing programs to be displayed across the full dome.

At noon each Saturday, the Planetarium will present “Perfect Little Planet,” which invites viewers to imagine the ultimate space vacation and discover the solar system through a new set of eyes, a family from another star system seeking the perfect spot.

Then, at 1:30 p.m. each Saturday, “Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure” will take viewers back to the Late Cretaceous era, when a great inland sea divided North America in two. The animated film follows a curious and adventurous dolichorhynchops – familiarly known as Dolly – as she travels through the most dangerous oceans in history. Viewers will also accompany modern and historical fossil hunters as they excavate the remains of some of the most awe-inspiring creatures of all time.

Both events are suitable for audiences of all ages. The shows will not include star field lectures because that equipment is still under production.

Admission is $6 for adults, $5.50 for students and seniors, $5 for children 12 and under, and free for children 3 and under. Doors will open 30 minutes prior to show time, and no late arrivals will be admitted. Reservations are not required.

Three additional shows are available for school and group showings: “One World, One Sky: Big Bird’s Adventure,” “Dark,” and “Life: A Cosmic Story.”

For more information, visit www.planetarium.eku.edu or call 859-622-1547.

Published on March 27, 2014