Starting Tuesday, and continuing to Thursday, April 19, the planetarium’s 4p.m. and 7p.m. shows will be “The Sky’s the Limit” and “Cosmic Origins Spectrograph.”
The shows will include a sky tour plus a full dome look at the origins of our universe. “Cosmic Origins Spectrograph” is a 28-minute full dome look at the Cosmic Origins Spectrograph instrument installed on the Hubble Space Telescope in 2009 during Servicing Mission 4, as well as the science behind its usefulness.
The show covers the basics of spectroscopy, and touches on the processing of galactic and extragalactic gas.
Other topics include the use of quasars as background light sources, cosmic evolution, and the development of the large-scale structure of our universe.
This show was produced by the Fiske Planetarium at the University of Colorado at Boulder.
Then, starting today and continuing until Saturday, April 28 the 10:30 a.m. kids’ show will be “Flight Adventures.”
“This is a great show for our elementary and middle school visitors,” wrote
Dr. Rhett Herman, professor of physics and director of the planetarium.
You will start out with a live tour of the nighttime sky and fly out into space said the planetarium announcement, then experience this 20-minute multi-media show from the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis.
“Flight Adventures” introduces children and families to the science, technology, and history of flight the announcement said.
The show features NASA’s research and the advancements that have made space travel possible, along with the important role that models have played in flight development. NASA resources include images and experts. This show was produced by The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis in partnership with the Academy of Model Aeronautics and WFYI Productions with funding through NASA’s Competitive Program for Science Museums and Planetariums.
The planetarium is located at the RU campus in Center for the Sciences building (801 E Main St.), and it’s the big sphere behind the glass walls.
“As always, everyone is welcome to come to our free shows,” Rhett wrote.