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‘The Planets’ arrives at A&M-Commerce Planetarium

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A new celestial show that’s both a fun adventure and an educational opportunity for the whole family has started in Commerce.

The Texas A&M University-Commerce Planetarium show “The Planets” opened Friday, July 10, at 7 p.m. Presented in the style of a game show, viewers are able to test their knowledge about each of the eight planets in the solar system, along with Pluto.

Audience members will find themselves transported from planet to planet, immersed in spectacularly different environments. The show has enough facts and concepts to provide a real educational value as well as being a fun adventure for the entire family.

“The Planets” will be presented on Friday nights from July 10 through Sept. 18 for the 7 p.m. show, along with the current program, “Two Small Pieces of Glass,” which will be presented at 8 p.m.

“Two Small Pieces of Glass” traces the history of the telescope, from Galileo’s modifications of a spyglass using two small pieces of glass to the launch of NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope and the future of astronomy. This show explores the wonder and discovery made by astronomers throughout the last 400 years. The show explores the magnificence of Saturn’s rings, the Galilean Moons and other galaxies, and allows viewers to gain an understanding of how some of the largest observatories operate and to see how telescopes are used in the exploration of the cosmos.

At the end of July, the 8 p.m. show changes to “Stars of the Pharaohs.” The show made its debut in 2006 when the A&M-Commerce Planetarium first opened.

“’Stars of the Pharaohs’ has been one of our all-time favorite shows,” said Planetarium Director Dr. Kent Montgomery. “It is very well written with outstanding images of ancient temples and pyramids.”

In “Stars of the Pharaohs,” planetarium visitors travel to ancient Egypt to see how science was used to tell time, make a workable calendar, and align huge buildings. Learn about the connection the ancient Egyptians felt with the stars and various astronomical phenomena, and experience some of the most spectacular temples and tombs of the ancient world recreated in all of their original splendor.

“Stars of the Pharaohs” will be shown at 8 p.m. beginning Friday, July 31, and be available through Sept. 11.

Regular planetarium shows are presented each Friday night at 7 p.m. and 8 p.m. Tickets for adults are $4 per person, while A&M-Commerce faculty/staff are $3.50. Admission for senior citizens is also $3.50, and students or children are $3.

The planetarium will also continue to offer Wednesday afternoon matinees at 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. through Aug. 12. The 1 p.m. show is a children’s shows, while the 2 p.m. program is a replay of a fan favorite. All tickets for matinees are $3 per person.

The matinee schedule:

Wednesday, July 15

1 pm - Secret of the Cardboard Rocket

2 pm - Time Space

Wednesday, July 22

1 pm - Legends of the Night Sky: Orion

2 pm - Dawn of the Space Age

Wednesday, July 29

1 pm - The Problem with Pluto

2 pm - Seven Wonders

Wednesday, Aug. 5

1 pm - Big

2 pm - Astronaut

Wednesday, Aug. 12

1 pm - PLANETS

2 pm - Stars of the Pharaohs

Click here to visit the A&M-Commerce planetarium website




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