The Faulkner Planetarium will open a new double feature program starting Wednesday, May 28. ‘Cosmic Colors: An Adventure Along the Spectrum’ and ‘Solar Quest’ will run on Wednesday afternoons at 1:30 p.m. until Labor Day.
‘Cosmic Colors’ explores the nature of light, how we perceive it, and unique uses of some of the wavelengths of the electromagnetic spectrum. Colors come to life with their own personalities to tell the audience about themselves. “Solar Quest” looks at what it means to be living with a star, specifically the Sun. This short format program examines some of the characteristics of the Sun and how we keep an eye on it watching for potentially dangerous outbursts. NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory, SDO, is featured as one of the latest tools solar scientists use to help gain a better understanding of our star.
After the double feature program, guests can go up to the Centennial Observatory for some free solar viewing through safely filtered telescopes. The observatory’s summer solar viewing sessions take place every Wednesday between 1:30 and 3:30 p.m., weather permitting, between Memorial Day and Labor Day.
Planetarium manager Rick Greenawald says, “This pairing of shows gives audiences a way to explore color, light, and many aspects of how we perceive light. Our lone natural source of light comes from the Sun and the two shows complement each other nicely giving the audience different perspectives of the Sun’s effect on us; from life giving light and heat to potentially dangerous high energy outbursts.” Greenawald also noted that on clear days the audience will get a quick preview of what they can expect to see up in the observatory through a live image feed of the Sun imported into the planetarium from the observatory.
Admission prices to planetarium shows are $6 for adults, $5 for seniors, and $4 for students, including CSI students with a valid student ID; children under age 2 are admitted free. The summer solar observing sessions in the observatory are free.
The Faulkner Planetarium is located in the Herrett Center for Arts and Science on the College of Southern Idaho campus in Twin Falls, ID. For more information visit the Herrett Center’s web page at http://herrett.csi.edu or call (208) 732-6655.