Showtime: Saturday at 4 p.m. | Sunday at 4 p.m.
PIECES OF GLASS: While attending a local star party, two teenage students 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 a local female astronomer enlightens them on the history of the telescope and the discoveries these wonderful tools have made. The students see how telescopes work and how the largest observatories in the world use these instruments to explore the mysteries of the universe.
While looking through the astronomer’s telescope, the students, along with the planetarium audience, explore the Galilean Moons, Saturn’s rings, and spiral structure of galaxies. During their conversation with the astronomer, they also learn about the discoveries of Galileo, Huygens, Newton, Hubble and many others.
STARS: Every star has a story. Some are as old as time, faint and almost forgotten. Others burn bright and end their lives in powerful explosions. New stars are created every day, born of vast clouds of gas and dust. Through every phase of their existence, stars release the energy that powers the universe. Journey to the furthest reaches of our galaxy and experience both the awesome beauty and destructive power of stars.
Suitable for audiences of all ages, this dramatic program features the voice talent of Mark Hamill of "Star Wars" fame and stunning 3D animation.
Educational content includes stellar evolution, space exploration, the electromagnetic spectrum and the history of astronomy.
Approximate Time: 45 mins.