Fall in love with astronomy with new shows at the Cernan Center in February and March

 

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Looking for a creative way to celebrate Valentine’s Day weekend with your significant other or as a family outing? Take them for a one-of-a-kind laser show at the Cernan Earth and Space Center that will have them “over the moon” with excitement of their newly-found love for astronomy.

Throughout February and March, families (and couples) 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 Jan. 31 - Feb. 23:

Earth & Sky Shows
Rumplestiltskin's Starry Secret. Within the framework of the famous Grimm's fairy tale, this 32-minute video discusses the subject of alchemy, chemistry, the periodic table, and how stars are responsible for creating all the heavy elements in the universe. 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays*

Field Trip to the Moon mini show. In this mini show, you’ll take a computer-generated voyage to the Taurus-Littrow landing site on the Moon atop NASA's future Ares V rocket. 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays*
*Please note on Saturday, Feb. 8, the 7:30 p.m. Saturday evening shows will be replaced by the Monthly Skywatch. (See below for details.)

Laser Shows
Beatles Laser Anthology laser show. This laser show features 16 of the Beatles' greatest songs, spanning their many albums and ever-changing style of music. 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 artists 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)
Rusty Rocket's Last Blast. Hosted by Rusty Rocket, this show explores the basics of rocket physics, the immense distances found in space travel, and a quick tour of the solar system with humor and original songs. 2 p.m. Sundays

Pop Rock 2 mini laser show. A trio of pop songs from the Cernan Center's collection of laser light shows features songs by artists Robert John, Sheb Wooley and the Beatles. 2 p.m. Sundays

Sunday Sampler
Saturn – Cassini. This NASA-produced video describes the Cassini robotic spacecraft and the discoveries it has made in orbit around Saturn. 3 p.m. Sundays

HST Gallery mini show. This mini show presents an assortment of spectacular Hubble Space Telescope images taken in the past few years and a brief explanation of each celestial subject. 3 p.m. Sundays

Orion mini show. This laser-animated program re-tells the Greek myths related to Orion and the winter sky with a humorous twist. 3 p.m. Sundays

The following shows are set to play at the Cernan Earth and Space Center from Feb. 28 - March 30:

Earth & Sky Shows
The StarGazer. This show begins with a child's curiosity of the sky, then discusses the science of gravity, light and the spectrum, and how we decipher the life cycle of the stars. 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays*

Mars 2014 mini show. This show describes the planet Mars and its current visibility in the night sky. 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays*

*Please note on Saturday, March 15, the 7:30 p.m. Saturday evening shows will be replaced by the Monthly Skywatch. (See below for details.)

Laser Shows
Ray of Light laser show. This laser show features music from a variety of bands, including Ricky Martin, Smashing Pumpkins and Moby. 9 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays

Beatles 1 mini laser show. This mini laser show features four songs from the early Beatles. 9 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays

Children’s Shows (best for children from preschool through second grade)
Once in a Blue Moon. This 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
Rumplestiltskin's Starry Secret. Within the framework of the famous Grimm's fairy tale, this 32-minute video discusses the subject of alchemy, chemistry, the periodic table, and how stars are responsible for creating all the heavy elements in the universe. 3 p.m. Sundays

The Sunday Sampler will also include the Mars 2014 mini show and the Beatles 1 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, Feb. 8 and March 15, 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 Feb. 8 Monthly Skywatch, the telescopes will be trained on the planet Jupiter and the waxing gibbous Moon; and on March 15, the telescopes will be focused on the planet Jupiter and the Full Moon. Both skywatches may also look at 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 email 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
aliciaroberson@triton.edu

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