The Friends Of The Planetarium February Programming

Watch the 1997 film CONTACT starring Jodie Foster on the planetarium dome! See the uber-popular digital show OASIS IN SPACE! Hear about 4,000 years of women in science!


February 8-10, 2013


For February, the theme is Women in Science, covering three days:

Friday, February 8, 2013

The first ever “Movie Night at the Planetarium”, featuring CONTACT, a 1997 feature film adapted from the Carl Sagan novel of the same name and directed by Robert Zemeckis. Both Sagan and his wife Ann Druyan wrote the story outline for the film adaptation of Contact.  It stars Jodie Foster as a radio astronomer who detects compelling evidence of extraterrestrial life and is chosen to make first contact.  The film also stars Matthew McConaughey, James Woods, Tom Skerritt, William Fichtner, John Hurt, Angela Bassett, and David Morse. (Details courtesy of Wikipedia.com)

Rated PG for some intense action, mild language and a scene of sensuality.

Running time:  150 minutes

Doors Open: 7:15p.m. Show Begins: 7:30p.m.


Saturday, February 9, 2013

Screening of the digital program Oasis in Space

One of Spitz’s most popular fulldome shows, Oasis in Space transports the audience on a startling and beautiful voyage through our universe, galaxy, and solar system in search of liquid water, a key ingredient for life on Earth. With a proven, audience-tested story, a 95% viewer approval rating, and an original surround format musical score, Oasis in Space will delight viewers of all ages. Spitz Creative Media. Running Time: 24 minutes

The show will be followed by an interactive star talk by planetarium director, Jonathan Harmon.

Doors Open: 7:15p.m. Show Begins: 7:30p.m.


Sunday, February 10, 2013

(Two exciting events!)

Sunday Science Presentation by Dr. Sethanne Howard, (USNO - retired): Four Thousand Years of Women in Science”

Dr. Howard has been touring the US, taking audiences on a trip through time to meet some of the very first scientists in recorded history, many of whom were women! She recounts the work and important discoveries of many women scientists through 40 centuries, up to the present day. While some are familiar names, many are not – at least, not yet! But all of their stories are fascinating and inspiring!

Doors Open: 1:15 p.m. Talk Begins: 1:30 p.m


Screening of the digital program Oasis in Space (see description above.)

Doors Open: 2:45p.m. Show Begins: 3:00p.m.


Admission for all programs is $3 for Children, Friends Members, and Seniors and $5 for adults.

Ticketing will be managed online at www.friendsoftheplanetarium.org and powered by eventbrite.com.  Online ticketing will end two hours prior to each show, and any unreserved seats will be made available on a first come, first served basis 15 minutes prior to the doors opening.  Further details and ticket reservations/sales are available at www.friendsoftheplanetarium.org.

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