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NEW Black Holes Planetarium Show at Flandrau!

Flandrau Planetarium
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Flandrau Science Center & Planetarium (on the University of Arizona campus) just released their fall show schedule...including a brand new show about Black Holes!

Black holes have captivated the public since they were first theorized in 1958. In the new planetarium show BLACK HOLES: THE OTHER SIDE OF INFINITY, you’ll discover what scientists know about these incredibly powerful gravitational fields. This show will take you on a visually dazzling journey through the mystery of black holes.

Produced in collaboration with NASA and NOVA, this cutting-edge production features immersive animations of galactic events that relate to black holes. Audiences will witness the birth and death of stars, see the collision of giant galaxies, and travel on a simulated flight to a super-massive black hole that lurks at the center of our own Milky Way Galaxy. Actor Liam Neeson provides the narration for the show.

The new planetarium show, BLACK HOLES: THE OTHER SIDE OF INIFINITY will debut on Friday, September 8, 2017, with several screenings over the weekend on Saturday, September 9 and Sunday, September 10.

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All shows are presented in Flandrau’s renovated Eos Planetarium Theater. The new theater opened one year ago in August 2016. Over the past year thousands of visitors have enjoyed the new seats, lighting, and sound treatments. When you come see the new black holes show, you’ll enjoy all the improvements in the renovated theater.

In addition to the planetarium shows, Flandrau has a new exhibit about Mars that feature stunning photos of the Martian surface taken by the powerful HiRISE camera that orbits around the red planet. The HiRISE camera was designed and built by the University of Arizona, and the images are transmitted back to U of A for processing. There is also a new exhibit about NASA’s OSIRIS-REx asteroid sample return mission. The University of Arizona leads the OSIRIS-REx mission for NASA. The spacecraft will bring a sample from a distant asteroid back to Earth for the first time.

The lineup of planetarium shows for fall 2017 includes:

  • BLACK HOLES: THE OTHER SIDE OF INFINITY. Produced in collaboration with NASA and NOVA, this cutting-edge production features immersive animations of galactic events and explores all the science we know about black holes. Engaging for ages 10 and up.
  • PERFECT LITTLE PLANET. The perfect combination of fun and educational, this animated show follows a family of aliens as they visit each of the planets in our solar system. You’ll love the tour and come away knowing Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Saturn, Jupiter, Uranus, and Neptune a little bit better. And we won’t forget Pluto. This is a great show for families and younger kids.
  • MYSTERIES OF THE UNSEEN WORLD. Produced by National Geographic with the latest in electron microscope technology, this show will leave audiences enthralled as they begin to understand the enormity of the world we can’t see—a world that exists all around us at speeds or scales that we can’t detect with the human eye. Engaging for all ages.
  • WE ARE STARS. A fun, beautifully animated FullDome film about cosmic chemistry, this show reveals how hydrogen and carbon, the very building blocks of life, first formed in the universe and follows those elements all the way back to us – we are made of stars! Engaging for all ages.
  • TOURING THE SOLAR SYSTEM. In this “live” planetarium show presented by one of our talented Planetarium Operators, the operator will fly the audience around the Solar System to visit each of the planets and give the latest insights into the wonders of Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Saturn, Jupiter, Uranus, Neptune, and yes, Pluto too. Engaging for ages 10 and up.
  • TUCSON SKY AND BEYOND. In this “live” planetarium show, one of our talented Planetarium Operators will guide you through the night sky at this time of year. Tucson’s clear, dry skies are perfect for stargazing, so you can learn how to find and chart the planets and constellations that illuminate our nights. Engaging for ages 10 and up.

This show line-up will run at least through Spring 2018, possibly until Fall 2018.

A full show schedule is available on Flandrau's website.

As a refresher, Admission to Flandrau is $16/adult, $12/child (ages 4-17), $12/senior, $12/military, $12/college, and free for children 3 and under. Admission includes science center exhibits, UA mineral museum, and one planetarium show of your choice.

Flandrau is open Mon-Thurs 9am-5pm, Fri 9am-10pm, Sat 10am-10pm, and Sun 12noon-5pm.

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