Mankind has always been fascinated with going into space, escaping Earth’s gravity and experiencing what only astronauts get to feel. The Faulkner Planetarium will give viewers that experience, minus only the weightlessness, in its new full-dome program ‘Astronaut,’ starting Saturday, Feb. 1.
“This program lets you experience not only outer space, but also ‘inner’ space – what happens to the astronaut’s body as he or she lives outside Earth’s conditions,” said Faulkner Manager Rick Greenawald. “It’s an exciting show with lots of stunning video and simulations of what’s happening at the cellular level, too.”
The story follows ‘Chad,’ a test astronaut and what he is subjected to beyond Earth’s protective atmosphere and magnetic field. Does he have the right stuff? Would you?
The program is narrated by Ewan McGregor, who was Obi-Wan Kenobi in episodes one through three of the popular Star Wars movies. Following the program, a Faulkner show presenter will guide you through a simulation of the current evening and pre-dawn skies, including star myths, tips on locating constellations and planets, and more.
‘Astronaut’ will show at 7 p.m. Tuesday and Saturday evenings as well as 2:30 on Saturday afternoons. ‘Violent Universe: Catastrophes of the Cosmos’ will be shown at 8 p.m. Tuesdays and 4:30 p.m. Saturdays. ‘Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure’ will show at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 3:30 p.m. on Saturdays.
‘Perfect Little Planet’ will show at 7 p.m. Fridays and 1:30 Saturdays. Admission to the Herrett Center for Arts and Science is free of charge. General admission to the Faulkner Planetarium is $6, seniors are $5, and students are $4.
For more information, contact the Herrett Center at 732-6655 or log on to www.csi.edu/herrett for shows and information.