Cernan Center experience enhanced with new sound system

 

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE AUG. 28, 2013

The Cernan Earth and Space Center at Triton College has installed a new theater sound system, bringing audiences a more enhanced experience of its spectacular laser light shows. The new system replaces the old sound system that has operated the Cernan theater since the planetarium re-opened in 1984.

The new theater sound system from Allen Visual Systems, Inc., of Buffalo Grove features 6 JBL VRX932LAP 12-inch two-way line-array speakers, 2 JBL VRX918SP 18-inch powered flying subwoofer speakers and a Soundcraft FX16ii 16-channel Mixer. The new sound system powers everything audible within the Cernan Center’s 44-foot diameter dome theater, including the soundtracks of its planetarium shows, laser light shows, walk-in music and live presentations.

“The Cernan Center’s original sound system served us well for many years,” said Cernan Center Director Bart Benjamin. “However, in recent years, its age has become an issue, and we’re very excited to have this opportunity to replace it with a new and more powerful system. It really sounds great.”

The new sound system comes just in time for a new set of fall 2013 shows to play from Sept. 6-29 and Oct. 4-27. Families can enjoy an array of new and favorite shows that will inform and entertain audiences on astronomy at the Cernan Earth and Space Center located on Triton College’s campus in River Grove. The family-friendly shows will play on Friday and Saturday nights and Sunday afternoons and are open to the public.

The following shows are set to play at the Cernan Earth and Space Center from Sept. 6-29:

Earth & Sky Shows
Galaxies. This multimedia program will transport audiences deep into space to explore galaxies, including the Milky Way galaxy and the more distant and mysterious galaxies that comprise the universe. 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays*

The Skywatcher’s Guide mini show. New each month, this mini show keeps you up-to-date on what's happening in the current sky. 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays*

*Please note on Saturday, Sept. 14, the 7:30 p.m. Saturday evening shows will be replaced by the Monthly Skywatch. (See below for details.)

Laser Shows
Jimi Hendrix: Electric Ladyland. This laser show features one of the legendary rock guitarists of the 1960’s performing the best of his double LP. Tunes include “Gypsy Eyes,” “Long Hot Summer Night,” and “Voodoo Child.” 9 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays

Mini Zeppelin mini laser show. This mini laser show features two Led Zeppelin classics – “When the Levee Breaks” and “Rock and Roll.” 9 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays

Children’s Shows (best for children from preschool through second grade)
Zip! Zoom! Whiz! Narrated by fictional characters that include a robot, this children’s show takes young viewers on an imaginary trip into outer space by way of Mt. Palomar Observatory in California. The observatory has one of the world’s largest telescopes. 2 p.m. Sundays

The Friendly Stars mini show. Hosted by an animated sun named Sol, this children’s mini show describes the very basics of astronomy, including stars, the sun, planets and the current season’s “stars pictures.” 2 p.m. Sundays

Sunday Sampler
Destination: The Planets. This show describes the latest information on the Sun, the eight planets, their satellites, the asteroid belt, the Kuiper Belt and more. 3 p.m. Sundays

Beatles 2 mini laser show. This mini laser show features four songs from the later Beatles – “Strawberry Fields Forever,” “Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da,” “All Together Now” and “Octopus’s Garden.” 3 p.m. Sundays

The Sunday Sampler will also include the Skywatcher’s Guide mini show.

The following shows are set to play at the Cernan Earth and Space Center from Oct. 4-27:

Earth & Sky Shows
Time Bandits. Travel through time with Meg, Emily and Zontar – The Time Bandit, as they investigate the history of time keeping. 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays*

The Skywatcher’s Guide mini show. New each month, this mini show keeps you up-to-date on what's happening in the current sky. 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays*

*Please note on Saturday, Oct. 12, the 7:30 p.m. Saturday evening shows will be replaced by the Monthly Skywatch. (See below for details.)

Laser Shows
Fright Light laser show. This laser show, suitable for all ages, features music and images related to Halloween, including the popular songs “Monster Mash,” “Ghostbusters” and the theme from “The Twilight Zone.” 9 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays

Pop Rock 2 mini laser show. This mini laser show features songs from the Cernan Center’s collection of laser light shows, featuring “The Lion Sleeps Tonight” by Robert John, “Purple People Eater” by Sheb Wooley and “When I’m Sixty-Four” by the Beatles. 9 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays

Children’s Shows (best for children from preschool through second grade)
Dinosaurs in Space. Hosted by an entertaining dinosaur duo, this popular show features a unique and informative look at these fascinating creatures, plus a journey into space that is out of this world. 2 p.m. Sundays

Mini Fright Light mini laser show. This mini laser show features a sampling of songs from the Fright Light Halloween laser show. 2 p.m. Sundays

Sunday Sampler
Galaxies. This multimedia program will transport audiences deep into space to explore galaxies, including the Milky Way galaxy and the more distant and mysterious galaxies that comprise the universe. 3 p.m. Sundays

The Sunday Sampler will also include the Skywatcher’s Guide mini show and the Mini Fright Light mini laser show.
Admission for the Earth & Sky Shows, Children’s Shows and Sunday Sampler is $8 for adults and $4 for children ages 2 to 12 and senior citizens ages 55 and older. Admission for the laser light shows (9 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays) is $10 for adults and $5 for children and senior citizens. Children under age 2 and Triton College students with a current semester ID are free.

The show schedule is subject to change. Please call the Program Line at (708) 583-3100 for up-to-the-minute information before attending a show.

Indoor/outdoor fun with Monthly Skywatch Program at Cernan Center


 

Take a tour of the nighttime sky on Saturdays, Sept. 14 and Oct. 12, at Cernan Earth and Space Center’s Monthly Skywatch program and enjoy indoor and outdoor activities that pertain to various earth- and space-related subjects. The event is open to the public.

A planetarium program in the space center’s dome theater kicks off the evening at 7:30 with a presentation on NASA’s plans for space flights and the latest discoveries and highlights in astronomy. A segment of a particular celestial object placed for viewing during the current month will also be shown.

Following the planetarium program, the Monthly Skywatch will convene on the lawn in front of the Cernan, weather permitting, to observe the wonders of the sky through telescopes. Cernan staff members and volunteers will be on hand to offer their telescopes and expertise to those in attendance. At the Sept. 14 and Oct. 12 Monthly Skywatches, these telescopes will be trained on the waxing gibbous moon and perhaps an assortment of star clusters and double stars.
Admission for the indoor planetarium portion of the Monthly Skywatch is $8 for adults and $4 for children ages 2 to 12 and senior citizens ages 55 and older. The outdoor telescope session is free.

The show is recommended for ages 13 and older due to the advanced level of scientific information that will be presented during the program.

For more information about the Cernan Center, its programs, field trips or events, call (708) 456-0300, Ext. 3372 or e-mail cernan@triton.edu. Please call the Program Line at (708) 583-3100 for up-to-the-minute information before attending.

Visit the Cernan Center’s website at www.triton.edu/cernan or shop its Yahoo! Store at http://store.cernanstore.com/.
Located on the campus of Triton College in River Grove, Ill., the Cernan Earth and Space Center houses a 100-seat dome theater, featuring star-filled planetarium shows, wraparound films, children’s shows and laser light shows, along with a Space Hall and Star Store gift shop. The center is open seven days a week.

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Media Contact
Alicia Roberson, Public Relations Writer
(708) 456-0300, Ext. 3608
aroberso@triton.edu

 

Cernan Earth and Space Center Contact
Bart Benjamin, Director
(708) 456-0300, Ext. 3372
bbenjami@triton.edu