Celebrate the New Year with galactic shows at the Cernan Center

For the New Year, the Cernan Earth and Space Center wishes everyone love, peace and a joyous time learning about the stars above with the coming of its latest round of shows to usher in 2013. 

From Jan. 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 Jan. 4-27:

Earth & Sky Shows

Cosmic Colors. This multimedia program takes viewers on a wondrous journey across the entire electromagnetic spectrum. Discover the many reasons for color, such as why the sky is blue and why Mars is red. Take a tour within a plant leaf and inside the human eye. Investigate x-rays from a black hole and learn what color dinosaurs may have actually been. 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays*

Orion mini show. This laser-animated program re-tells the Greek myths related to Orion and the winter sky with a humorous twist. 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays*

*Please note on Saturday, Jan. 19, the 7:30 p.m. Saturday evening shows will be replaced by the Monthly Skywatch. (See below for details.)

Laser Shows

Rainbow Rock laser show. This family laser show features a variety of light rock, pop and country music to entertain audiences of all ages. 9 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays

Pop Rock 3 mini laser show. This mini laser show features the pop hits of "Get the Party Started" by Pink, 'N Sync's "Celebrity," and "Shape of My Heart" by the Backstreet Boys. 9 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays

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

Magic Sky. This show provides a basic introduction to the magic of the planetarium, the cycles of day and night, sky motions, the winter and spring sky, as well as the sun, moon, stars and "constellation friends." 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 the stars, the sun, planets and the current season's "star pictures." 2 p.m. Sundays

Sunday Sampler

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. 3 p.m. Sundays

The Sunday Sampler will also include the Orion mini laser show.

Admission for the Earth & Sky Shows, Children's Shows and Sunday Sampler/holiday family program 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, Jan. 19, 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 Jan. 19 Monthly Skywatch, these telescopes will be trained on the planet Jupiter, 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.