Dr. Leslie E. Spanel Planetarium

An academic facility dedicated to preserving the arts, skills, and science of astronomy, and of cultural starlore.

PUBLIC SHOWS - Fall 2017


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October - Dynamic Earth
Thu Oct 5 6PM
Sat Oct 7 2PM
Thu Oct 12 6PM
Sat Oct 14 2PM
Thu Oct 26 6PM
Sat Oct 28 2PM
November - Secret Lives of Stars
Thu Nov 2 6PM
Sat Nov 4 2PM
Thu Nov 9 6PM
Thu Nov 30 6PM
December - From Earth to the Universe
Sat Dec 2 2PM
Thu Dec 7 6PM
Sat Dec 9 2PM
Thu Dec 14 6PM


From Earth to the Universe - click for details
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From Earth to the Universe
The night sky, both beautiful and mysterious, has been the subject of campfire stories, ancient myths and awe for as long as there have been people. A desire to comprehend the Universe may well be humanity's oldest shared intellectual experience. Yet only recently have we truly begun to grasp our place in the vast cosmos. Learn about this journey of celestial discovery, from the theories of the ancient Greek astronomers to today's grandest telescopes.

Viewers can revel in the splendour of the various worlds in the Solar System and the ferocity of the scorching Sun. From Earth to the Universe then leaves our home to take the audience out to the colourful birthplaces and burial grounds of stars, and still further out, beyond the Milky Way, to the unimaginable immensity of a myriad galaxies. Along the way, the audience will learn about the history of astronomy, the invention of the telescope, and today's giant telescopes that allow us continue to probe ever deeper into the Universe.

No admission after show starts.

The presentation currently features a LIVE astronomer star talk with question and answer time, and the feature length full-dome movie From Earth to the Universe.

This presentation appropriate for ages 8 years and older.

Total show duration, about one hour. Tickets prices are $10.00 each for all attending. Show times listed below.


Secret Lives of Stars - click for details
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The Secret Lives of Stars
Not all stars are created equal. Some are massive. Others are tiny; almost insignificant. The specific characteristics of a star will determine what type of life it will lead, how long it might live and even the type of death it will die. We will witness the amazing variety of stars and peer into their secret lives. Narrated by Sir Patrick Stewart of TV's Star Trek: The Next Generation and the X-Men films.

No admission after show starts.

The presentation currently features a LIVE astronomer star talk with question and answer time, and the feature length full-dome movie Secret Lives of Stars.

This presentation appropriate for ages 8 years and older.

Total show duration, about one hour. Tickets prices are $10.00 each for all attending. Show times listed below.


Dynamic Earth - click for details
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Dynamic Earth
The award-winning Dynamic Earth explores the inner workings of Earth's climate system. With visualizations based on satellite monitoring data and advanced supercomputer simulations, this cutting-edge production follows a trail of energy that flows from the Sun into the interlocking systems that shape our climate: the atmosphere, oceans, and the biosphere. Audiences will ride along on swirling ocean and wind currents, dive into the heart of a monster hurricane, come face-to-face with sharks and gigantic whales, and fly into roiling volcanoes.Narrated by Academy-Award nominated actor Liam Neeson.

No admission after show starts.

The presentation currently features a LIVE astronomer star talk with question and answer time, and the feature length full-dome movie Dynamic Earth.

This presentation appropriate for ages 8 years and older.

Total show duration, about one hour. Tickets prices are $10.00 each for all attending. Show times listed below.



PRIVATE SHOWS

Private presentations are available to all sorts of groups for a fee. Please see our page with the Presentation Descriptions for more information about private events.

Presentations are available as part of any WWU class curiculum free of charge.



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