Summer presentations at the UNT Planetarium

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

What: Summer Fun in the Planetarium

When: 11 a.m. July 7, 14, 21, 28 (Wednesdays)

Where: Sky Theater, UNT Environmental Education, Science and Technology Building, located on the northwest corner of Avenue C and West Mulberry Street.

Cost: $3

Contact: Call Sky Theater at 940-369-8213 or visit http://skytheater.unt.edu

DENTON (UNT), Texas -- The stars at night are big and bright except, of course, during the day. That's where the UNT Sky Theater comes in. Every Wednesday morning in July, the Sky Theater will host Summer Fun in the Planetarium. The four distinct presentations are open to the public and begin at 11 a.m. Admission is $3 per person.

The planetarium seats 100 guests and is equipped with a full-color, HD projection system. Its 40-foot domed ceiling features the Digistar III projection system that reproduces the night sky in astonishing detail.

Each presentation will include a children's educational video, a constellation talk led by a planetarium staff member, a digital viewing of the constellations and planets that will appear in the sky that evening, and a question-and-answer session.

The summer presentations include:

  • July 7: Elementary-aged children will learn about stars, star clusters, galaxies, planets and the Solar System in the animated video The Little Star That Could.
  • July 14: The Seasons Reasons Show puppet video, which was produced by UNT staff members. Narrated by vocal talent from the Dragonball Z television cartoon series, the video covers weather, water cycle, clouds, seasons, constellations and the Moon.
  • July 21: Students get a guided tour of the Solar System with close-up views of the planets on the Sky Theater's dome.
  • July 28: Children will sit around a virtual cowboy campfire for Lone Star Legends, using constellations to tell the story of early Texas settlers.

Each video presentation complements the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills curriculum standards for 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th grade levels, respectively, says planetarium manager Randall Peters.

The UNT Planetarium opened in 1998 and in 2008 was upgraded to its current technology.

The Sky Theater is open for regular presentations at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. on Saturdays. For more information, call 940-369-8213 or visit http://www.skytheater.unt.edu/.

UNT News Service Phone Number: (940) 565-2108

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