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January 2003

Release Date: January 10, 2003

'In Search of New Worlds' Opens at ASU Planetarium

A new show opening at the Angelo State University Planetarium Thursday, Jan. 16, will attempt to answer various questions that have preoccupied scientists and philosophers alike for centuries as they turned their gazes to the night sky.

Does the universe abound with countless planets teeming with life? Could one of those other planets hold intelligent life? Are we on the verge of discovering such life elsewhere in the universe? Or, are we alone in the vastness of the space?

"In Search of New Worlds," now playing at the Angelo State University Planetarium, helps answer those questions. The program will be shown at 8 p.m. each Thursday through May 8. The ASU Planetarium is located in the Vincent Nursing-Physical Science Building at 2333 Vanderventer Ave.

As the show explains, the elusive and apparently non-existent Planet X teased astronomers and astrophysicists for years 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 are likely to be found within our solar system. Thus, the search turned to other solar systems.

The quest for other worlds in other star systems, however, has already reaped rewards for science. More than 100 planets have been discovered beyond our solar system. "In Search for New Worlds" presents a comprehensive look at the hunt for these 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" begins Thursday with admission set at $3 for adults and $1.50 for children, students and senior citizens. ASU students, faculty and staff are admitted free.

For additional information, please call 942-2136 or visit the Planetarium Web site.