Kevin Hainline of the UA's Steward Observatory will give a short presentation and answer questions after screenings of "Black Holes: The Other Side of Infinity" at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 8, and 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 10.
For more information about the "Black Holes" show and the Flandrau Science Center & Planetarium, go to www.flandrau.org.
Produced in collaboration with NASA and NOVA, the production "Black Holes: The Other Side of Infinity" features immersive animations of galactic events that relate to black holes. Audiences will travel on a simulated flight to a super-massive black hole that lurks at the center of our own Milky Way galaxy.
Actor Liam Neeson provides the narration for the show, which debuts on Friday, Sept. 8, in the Eos Planetarium Theater at the University of Arizona's Flandrau Science Center & Planetarium. The renovated theater, with new seats, lighting and sound, reopened a year ago.
In addition to its planetarium shows, Flandrau has new exhibits about Mars that feature stunning photos of the Martian surface taken by the powerful HiRISE camera that orbits the Red Planet. The HiRISE camera was designed and built by the UA, and the images are transmitted back to the UA for processing. Flandrau also has new exhibits about the UA-led OSIRIS-REx asteroid sample return mission, which launched a year ago from Florida.
Flandrau's lineup of planetarium shows for the fall also includes:
- "Perfect Little Planet": A combination of fun and educational, the animated show follows a family of aliens as they visit each of the planets in our solar system. A show for families and younger children.
- "Mysteries of the Unseen World": Produced by National Geographic with the latest in electron microscope technology, the show reveals the enormity of the world we can't see — a world that exists at speeds or scales that we can't detect with the human eye. Engaging for all ages.
- "We Are Stars": A fun, beautifully animated film about cosmic chemistry, the show reveals how hydrogen and carbon, the very building blocks of life, first formed in the universe and follows those elements all the way back to us. Engaging for all ages.
- "Touring the Solar System": In a "live" show, the planetarium operator flies the audience around the solar system to visit each of the planets and gives the latest insights into the wonders of Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Saturn, Jupiter, Uranus, Neptune and Pluto. Engaging for age 10 and older.
- "Tucson Sky and Beyond": In another "live" show, the planetarium operator guides the audience through the night sky at this time of year. Tucson's clear, dry skies are perfect for stargazing, so you can learn how to find and chart the planets and constellations that illuminate our nights. Engaging for age 10 and older.