Dr. Leslie E. Spanel Planetarium

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

PUBLIC SHOWS - Winter 2018


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January
Fri 12 - 6:30PM - Dream to Fly
Thu 18 - 6:30PM - Dream to Fly
Sat 20 - 2:00PM - Dream to Fly
Thu 25 - 6:30PM - Dream to Fly
Sat 27 - 2:00PM - Dream to Fly
February
Fri 02 - 6:30PM - Dream to Fly
Sat 03 - 2:00PM - Dynamic Earth
Thu 08 - 6:30PM - Dynamic Earth
Sat 10 - 2:00PM - Dynamic Earth
Thu 15 - 6:30PM - Chaos & Order
Sat 17 - 2:00PM - Dynamic Earth
Thu 22 - 6:30PM - Earth to the Universe
Sat 24 - 2:00PM - Earth to the Universe
March
Fri 02 - 6:30PM - Dream to Fly
Sat 03 - 2:00PM - Secret Lives of Stars
Thu 08 - 6:30PM - Secret Lives of Stars
Sat 10 - 2:00PM - Chaos & Order


Dream to Fly - click for details
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Dream to Fly
Since the beginning of history, people have dreamed of flying. Tales of mythical dragon flights thrilled ancient dreamers. Storytellers wove airy fantasies of magic carpet rides. Leonardo da Vinci stoked the dreams of flight with his fantastic drawings and through his eyes, we learned to look to nature for the secrets of flight.

When Montgolfier took to the skies in a balloon, the dream finally became reality. The Wright Brothers swept us up to the sky and started a revolution. It wasn't long before our immense and challenging dreams of soaring through the air became an everyday occurence.

Dream To Fly is a poetic and touching story of aviation development through the ages. It presents the significant milestones on our route to conquering the skies, both in terms of technological breakthroughs, as well as our perceptions of flying itself.

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 Dream to Fly.

This presentation appropriate for ages 8 years and older.

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



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Chaos and Order
Does mathematics have a color? Does it have a sound? What if you could look beyond the formulas and equations to see the beauty of the forms they describe?

Media artist Rocco Helmchen and composer Johannes Kraas answer these questions in their latest fulldome show: Chaos and Order - A Mathematic Symphony.

Chaos and Order takes audiences on a spectacular journey through a fascinating world of sensuous, ever-evolving images, magnificently choreographed to symphonic electronic music.

Structured into four movements, from geometric forms, algorithms, simulations of chaos theory, the show explores breathtaking animated visuals of unprecedented beauty. Experience the fundamental connection between reality and mathematics, as science and art fuse together in this immersive celebration of the one common language of the universe: mathematics.

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 Chaos and Order.

This presentation appropriate for ages 8 years and older.

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



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.


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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.


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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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