Imagine navigating through the brain as part of a virtual voyage through the human body, living through an ice age after a mass extinction event, navigating the deep ocean, or experiencing a rocket launch as you travel to space as an astronaut! The Science Factory Exploration Dome delivers truly immersive virtual adventures that engage all the senses, making it a highly rewarding and powerful educational experience.
Playing Saturdays & Sundays: 10:30 am, 12 noon, 3 pm.
This 20-minute show gives audiences an introduction to the season's night sky, including stars, constellations and related stories. By the end, you'll be able to identify all the major sky players and tell stories about them! Most suitable for children ages 7 and up. Note: Seasonal Stargazing show changes after each seasonal solstice.
LOSING THE DARK
Light pollution is an ever-increasing challenge that not only diminishes our view of the night sky but also damages the environment and wildlife and even our own health. This program examines the issue and how we can all be part of the solution. Suitable for all ages.
What happens when galaxies collide? What becomes of the stars within those galaxies? We explore these questions and ponder the fate of our own Sun and solar system when the Milky Way Galaxy and the Andromeda Galaxy collide in the distant future. Most suitable for ages 8 and older.
BACK TO THE MOON - FOR GOOD
Back to the Moon - For Good tells the fascinating story of 22 international teams racing to land a robotic spacecraft on the Moon by 2015 to win the Google Lunar X Prize. This exciting show explores basic lunar science, including the history of lunar exploration and speculation about our future on the Moon. Most suitable for ages 8 and older.
Playing Sundays: January 19, February 16, March 16 and April 27 at 1 pm.
Presented live by Rick Nelson, Planetarium Volunteer.
Dark matter makes up 85% of the matter in the universe; but we can't see it. We can only infer its presence by its gravitational effect. Come see what we do know about it, and why it is important. There will be a 20 minute presentation, and 15-20 minutes of discussion. Most suitable for ages 8 and up.
Playing Saturday, January 18 at 1 pm.
Presented live by Sam Pitts, President of the Eugene Astronomical Society.
This presentation begins with a short introduction about astronomical imaging including equipment. Then, we'll take a journey in pictures of the Moon, solar system objects, the Milky Way and end with galaxies and galatic clusters. Most suitable for ages 8 and older.
THE 21st CENTURY SEARCH FOR LIFE IN THE UNIVERSE
Playing Saturday, January 25 at 1 pm.
Presented live by Bernard W. Bopp, Eugene Astronomical Society.
For a long time, the idea of microscopic life on other worlds was the province of speculation and science fiction. But in the 21st century, the Kepler satellite discovered hundreds of 'exoplanets' - planets orbiting other stars - many of them resembling a size, composition, and temperature close to that of the Earth. In our own solar system, thanks to the Curiosity rover on Mars, the Galileo spacecraft that orbited Jupiter, and the Cassini spacecraft currently orbiting Saturn, we now count a total of four worlds where liquid water - a key ingredient for life - exists or has existed. Most suitable for ages 8 and older.
WHERE TO NEXT?
Playing Saturdays: February 1, March 1 & 22, April 5 & 19 at 1 pm.
Presented live by Mike Petersen, Planetarium Volunteer..
We will visit humanity's first two destinations in space, low-Earth orbit and the Moon, then extend our vision into the future, imagining our next steps onto Mars, asteroids, and beyond. We consider the possibility of life on other planets, as well as the speed of light and the incredible distances involved in interstellar travel. Where to next for humanity? And how can we get there? Suitable for all ages.
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