Separating the truth from the myths about astronomy at Cernan Earth and Space Center

News Release

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE OCT. 31, 2013

Were the Apollo moon landings a hoax? Have aliens visited the Earth? Can you discover the future by the stars? The Cernan Earth and Space Center will answer these questions and more with its new set of public shows to play from Nov. 1 through Dec. 1 at the Cernan 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 Nov. 1 through Dec. 1:

Earth & Sky Shows

Bad Astronomy. Were the Apollo moon landings a hoax? Have aliens visited the Earth? Can you discover the future by the stars? Investigate the science behind these and other popular astronomical myths and misconceptions. 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays*

Perseus & Andromeda mini laser show. This laser-animated program re-tells the Greek myths related to Perseus and Andromeda with a humorous twist. 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays*
*Please note on Saturday, Nov. 9, the 7:30 p.m. Saturday evening shows will be replaced by the Monthly Skywatch. (See below for details.)

Laser Shows

Moon Wall. This laser show features music from two of Pink Floyd’s albums – “Dark Side of the Moon” and “The Wall.” 9 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays

Mini Legends mini laser show. This sampling of songs from the Cernan Center’s collection of laser light shows features songs by Led Zeppelin, Jimmy Hendrix, and the Rolling Stones. 9 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays

Children’s Shows (best for children from preschool through second grade)

Once in a Blue Moon. This multimedia show answers many questions related to the Moon through a tale of a little girl and her cat who are visited by the Moon one night. 2 p.m. Sundays

There Once Was a Sky Full of Stars mini show. This mini show features the reading of an illustrated storybook that helps children discover the magic of the night sky, the growing problem of light pollution, and what can be done to save the vanishing stars. 2 p.m. Sundays

Sunday Sampler

Time Bandits. Travel through time with Meg, Emily and Zontar (the time bandit) as they investigate the history of time keeping. 3 p.m. Sundays

The Sunday Sampler will also include the Perseus & Andromeda 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 Saturday, Nov. 9, 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 Nov. 9 Monthly Skywatch, the telescopes will be trained on the First Quarter 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