Dupont Planetarium Opens 1997-1998 Season

This year, the Dupont Planetarium will add two new shows to its repertoire to enhance the learning experiences of people in the CSRA. The new shows are: "Journey Into the Living Cell" and "The Voyager Encounters". The popular shows, "Through the Eyes of Hubble" and "'Tis the Season" (our Christmas show) are also still available. <>

School groups visiting the planetarium will be able to view "Journey Into the Living Cell" and "Through the Eyes of Hubble" from September to December and from April to June. "The Voyager Encounters" will be available from January to March.

The general public is also invited to experience the planetarium shows. The planetarium will be open every Friday at 6:00 PM and 7:00 PM. "Journey Into the Living Cell" will be shown in the 6:00 time slot and "Through the Eyes of Hubble" will be shown in the 7:00 time slot from September to November and from April to June. "The Voyager Encounters" will be shown at both the 6:00 and 7:00 time slots from January to March.

During the Christmas Season, the show "'Tis the Season" will be available to the general public. The show runs Monday through Saturday at 6:00 and 7:00 each evening from November 29 - January 3.

Fees for the general public shows are $4 for adults, $3 for senior citizens, and $2 for K-12 students.


We are very excited about "Journey into the Living Cell". With this show we extend our planetarium presentations from the vastness of outer space to the wonder of inner space - the living cell. "Journey Into the Living Cell" provides a stimulating encounter with the amazing structure and function of the cell. You will be impressed with the quality of the video images that appear on the dome and a presentation that takes you inside the living cell.
"The Voyager En-counters" chronicles the outstanding success of the Voyager 1 and Voyager 2 space craft, which were launched in 1977. They passed through our solar system and flew by Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune. The show discusses the functions of Voyager's instrument packages and provides highlights of each flyby. Additionally, the show compares and contrasts each of the planet's atmospheres, magnetic fields, moons and ring systems.
In "Through the Eyes of Hubble" there is a history of telescopes and examples of images from early astronomers that set the scene for the magnificent accomplishments of the Hubble Space Telescope. A description of the contributions of Edwin Hubble, after whom the Space Telescope was named, are discussed. Viewers will take a ride on the Space Shuttle Endeavor as it travels to the Hubble Space Telescope for a repair mission. Finally, guests will view some of the spectacular images taken by the telescope and probe distant galaxies.
"'Tis the Season" is about a season which holds some of the warmest and brightest celebrations of the year. It traces the development of many of the world's endearing holiday customs, and how they involve lighting up the winter season. The show also recounts the historical religious and cultural customs practiced during the time of winter solstice. We catch a few Northern winter constellations. We illustrate why we even have seasons by demonstrating the Sun's path across the sky throughout the year, and the Earth's tilt and orbit around the Sun. And, of course, we explore the possible astronomical explanations for a "Star over Bethlehem".

Newsletter Fall 1997


Ruth Patrick Science Education Center
University of South Carolina Aiken
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