Explore the weather and ‘Dinosaurs in Space’ at the Cernan Center

At the Cernan Earth and Space Center, the month of March won't be rolling in like a lion, but rather stomping in like a dinosaur with adventurous and captivating shows that will have all ages eager to learn about the weather, the Ice Age, and of course, space.

From March 1-30 and April 5-28, 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 MARCH 1-30:

 

Earth & Sky Shows

Nature's Fury. This multimedia program captures stunning video footage of actual tornadoes and hurricanes and a variety of special effects to tell the story of Earth's weather. After a brief introduction to weather in general, the show compares Earth's weather to the weather experienced on some of the other planets of the solar system that also have atmospheres. 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, March 23, the 7:30 p.m. Saturday evening shows will be replaced by the Monthly Skywatch. (See below for details.)

Laser Shows

Dark Side of Oz. This family laser show is a unique Wizard of Oz interpretation of Pink Floyd's "Dark Side of the Moon," featuring such songs as "The Great Gig in the Sky," "Money," and "Eclipse." 9 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays

Mini Wall mini laser show. This mini laser show features a sampling of songs from Pink Floyd's classic double album "The Wall." 9 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays

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

Dinosaurs in Space. This multimedia show takes young viewers on an imaginary trip, with hosts Rex and Steggy, to the age of dinosaurs and then into outer space. Viewers will learn about the different kinds and dinosaurs and a variety of objects found in space. 2 p.m. Sundays

Pop Rock 2 mini laser show. This sampling of 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

More Than Meets the Eye. Celebrate the beauty of the starry skies in this exciting show that explores the celestial wonders that are within reach of binoculars or a small telescope. 3 p.m. Sundays

Pop Rock 1 mini laser show. This sampling of songs from the Cernan Center's collection of laser light shows features such songs as "Talk to the Animals," "Little Deuce Coupe" and "Lovely Rita." 3 p.m. Sundays

The Sunday Sampler will also include the Skywatcher's Guide.

 

THE FOLLOWING SHOWS ARE SET TO PLAY AT THE CERNAN EARTH AND SPACE CENTER FROM APRIL 5-28:

 

Earth & Sky Shows

Stellar Extremes. This multimedia program explores the extremes of stars, from the smallest to the largest, the hottest to the coolest, and the normal to the incredible. 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, April 20, the 7:30 p.m. Saturday evening shows will be replaced by the Monthly Skywatch. (See below for details.)

Laser Shows

U2. This family laser show features the music of the rock band U2, from a variety of their albums. 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)

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

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

Nature's Fury. This multimedia program captures stunning video footage of actual tornadoes and hurricanes and a variety of special effects to tell the story of Earth's weather. After a brief introduction to weather in general, the show compares Earth's weather to the weather experienced on some of the other planets of the solar system that also have atmospheres. 3 p.m. Sundays

Beatles 1 mini laser show. This mini laser show features four songs from the early Beatles - "Rock and Roll Music," "Twist and Shout," "I Want to Hold Your Hand" and "Help!" 3 p.m. Sundays

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

*Please note the Cernan Earth and Space Center will be closed on Sunday, March 31 in observance of Easter.

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, March 23 and April 20, 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. And now the Skywatch program is a full 60 minutes in length to allow the monthly series to cover more subjects in greater depth than ever before!

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 March 23 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. And at the April 20 skywatch, the planet Saturn and the waxing gibbous moon will be the primary telescopic targets.

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.