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ASU Planetarium Spring Schedule Released

January 25, 2012

Angelo State University’s Global Immersion Center (GIC), formerly the Planetarium, will present three full-dome public astronomy shows during its spring 2012 schedule beginning Thursday, Feb. 2, in the Vincent Nursing-Physical Science Building, 2333 Vanderventer St.

Highlighting the spring schedule are two shows never before seen at ASU, “Passport to the Universe” and “Expanded View.”     

“Passport to the Universe” will run at 7 p.m. Thursdays and 8 p.m. Fridays through March 8.  “Expanded View” will run at 8 p.m. Thursdays through March 8.  “Two Small Pieces of Glass” will run at 7 p.m. Fridays through March 2. 

“Passport to the Universe” reveals the wonders of our universe in a way never before possible in a planetarium. Narrated by two-time Academy Award-winner Tom Hanks, it treats the audience to realistic, close-up views of star fields and planets on an exhilarating flight through a virtual re-creation of our universe, into the Orion Nebula, out of our galaxy, and deep into intergalactic space. After reaching the edges of our known universe, the tour takes a “virtual shortcut” back to Earth – in a free fall, headlong through a black hole. 

Winner of the NASA Gold Star Award for excellence in educational programming, “Expanded View” explores some of the most beautiful deep space objects in visible, infrared and X-ray wavelengths as seen through the eyes of the Hubble, Spitzer and Chandra space telescopes. 

“Two Small Pieces of Glass” tells the story of two students who attend a star party and learn how the telescope has helped us understand our place in space, and how telescopes continue to expand our understanding of the universe.  Their conversation with an astronomer will enlighten viewers on the history of the telescope, how telescopes work and how the largest observatories in the world use them to explore the mysteries of the universe. 

All the shows are open to the public with admission prices of $3 for adults and $2 for children, active military and senior citizens.  ASU students, faculty and staff are admitted free. 

For more information, call the GIC at 325-942-2136.  A recording of the show schedule is also available by calling 325-942-2188.