RU planetarium 2014-15 season features maritime star show


Viewers will be on deck the night of the Titanic's sinking in "Night of the Titanic," a star show featured at the RU Planetarium on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7:30 p.m.

The show recreates the experience of the doomed ocean liner and explores the unique conditions of Earth and space that, coupled with human errors, contributed to its sinking on April 15, 1912. Produced by Discovery Dome, the show explores ocean currents, iceberg formation and drift and global warming.

On Saturdays at 10:30 a.m., the RU Planetarium Kid's Show features "Dinosaur Prophecy." The show examines the decline of the dominant and ferocious creatures and the Earth's enormous power for dramatic change. Viewers will meet several dinosaur species, from the Coelophysis of 205 million years ago to the Allosaurus and Diplodocus of the mid-Jurassic period. "Dinosaur Prophecy" is a co-production of the Rice Space Institute and the Houston Museum of Natural Science, NASA's Office of Earth Science, Home Run Pictures and the Carnegie Museum of Natural History.

The RU Planetarium seats 45, including 32 reclined planetarium seats within its 24-foot diameter dome and can accommodate large groups. To visit the planetarium at times other than its regularly scheduled show times or with a group, contact Rhett Herman.

All shows are free and open to the public. The planetarium is located in Curie Hall Room 43. Enter through Reed Hall from the main campus and follow the signs in the building. A complete RU Planetarium schedule can be found on the planetarium website.

Sep 16, 2014