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August 2001

Release Date: August 23, 2001

ASU Planetarium Opens New Show on 'Galaxies'

The San Angelo premiere of the star program "Galaxies," which takes viewers on a journey through the cosmos, is set for Thursday evening, Aug. 30, at the Angelo State University Planetarium in the Vincent Nursing-Physical Science Building on the ASU campus.

The premiere will be shown at 8 p.m. Thursday. "Galaxies" will continue to be shown Thursdays at 8 p.m. and Saturdays at 2 p.m.. through Nov. 17. The Vincent Building is located at 2333 Vanderventer.

"Galaxies" features a journey into space, from the stars of the Milky Way to the galaxies beyond. Conveying science within the framework of nature, "Galaxies" is presented as a nature walk on a grand galactic scale. The journey begins with a look at the Earth's night sky and the Milky Way, a major spiral galaxy. The tour then takes viewers from Earth within the galaxy to Alpha Centauri, the Pleiades star cluster and the globular star cluster M3.

The voyage of discovery continues through intergalactic space past the Andromeda Galaxy, the glittering star fields at the center of the Virgo Supercluster and the lonely dwarf galaxies that sail the dark waters of intergalactic space.

This engrossing look at the building blocks of the universe features expert writing, the best available scientific consultation, special artwork, photography from the world's finest astronomical observatories, and an original musical score. "Galaxies" was funded in part by a grant from the National Science Foundation.

Admission price for "Galaxies" is $3 for adults, $1.50 for children and senior citizens and free for ASU