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August 2004

Release Date: August 27, 2004

ASU Planetarium to Open 'Galaxies'

The new star program "Galaxies," which takes viewers to galaxies far, far away, will premiere Thursday, Sept.2, at the Angelo State University Planetarium in the Vincent Nursing-Physical Science Building at 2333 Vanderventer on the ASU campus.

Galaxies will be shown at 8 p.m. each Thursday through Nov. 18.

The program makes a cosmic journey through the stars of the Milky Way and the galaxies beyond. Conveying science within the framework of nature, Galaxies offers a nature walk on a grand galactic scale as viewers see in the Earth's night sky a major spiral galaxy the Milky Way. Beginning within the Milky Way, viewers travel out 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 is $3 for adults, $1.50 for children and senior citizens, and free for ASU students, faculty and staff. More information is available at 942-2136.