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March 2005

Release date: March 31, 2005

New planetarium show to explore the unexplored

Using special effects and computer animations, the Angelo State University Planetarium will address several of the questions that have perplexed scientists and philosophers for centuries during its new show In Search of New Worlds,which will be shown on Thursdays this spring.

Showings began March 31 and will continue at 8 p.m. each Thursday through May 12 in the Vincent Nursing-Physical Science Building, 2333 Vanderventer Ave.

The show will present a look at scientistssearch for extra-solar planets, discussing questions regarding what types of planets are in the universe and if any support life especially intelligent life.

The show also will address the history of work being done to find a 10th planet in our solar system. Hundreds of planets have been found in other systems and evidence in the past has given scientists reason to believe there is a 10th planet in our solar system.

Astronomers and astrophysicists have found gravitational pulls similar to those planets produce, but have never found another planet in our solar system. Despite exhaustive search methods, many scientists believe there are no new planets of significance in this solar system.

Admission is $3 for adults and $2 for children, students and senior citizens. There is no charge for ASU students, faculty and staff. For more information, call 942-2136.