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July 2008

Release Date: July 9, 2008

ASU Planetarium Show Looks for Life on Other Planets

Questions about the possibility of life on other planets will be explored during Angelo State University’s summer star show “In Search of New Worlds,” beginning Thursday, July 10, in the ASU Planetarium.

Show times are 8 p.m. Thursdays, July 10-31. The Planetarium is located in the ASU Vincent Nursing-Physical Science Building, 2333 Vanderventer.

Does the universe abound with countless planets teeming with life? Are we on the edge of a new era, soon to discover life elsewhere in the universe? Will at least one of those countless other “new” planets provide some hint that we share the vastness of space with other intelligent life or are we alone in the universe? These questions have preoccupied scientists and philosophers for centuries and are often asked by people today as they peer up at the stars.

As “In Search of New Worlds” explains, the elusive and apparently non-existent Planet X teased astronomers and astrophysicists with a display of gravitational pull that held promise for a 10th planet in our solar system. Never seen and never confirmed by exhaustive search methods, Planet X fostered growing speculation that no new planets of significance were likely to be found within our solar system.

However, the search for other worlds in other star systems has already reaped rewards as over 100 planets have been discovered beyond our solar system. “In Search of New Worlds” presents a comprehensive look at the search for extra solar planets. Using special effects and computer animation, the show takes the audience on an amazing sight-and-sound journey to the limits of our solar system and far beyond.

“In Search of New Worlds” is open to the public with admission prices of $3 for adults and $2 for children, students and senior citizens. ASU students, faculty and staff are admitted free.

For more information, call 942-2136 or visit the ASU Planetarium Web site at