DENTON (UNT), Texas -- The University of North Texas Sky Theater has launched its 2013 Summer Fun in the Planetarium program, offering affordable and family-friendly shows every Friday through June and July.
Every Friday through July 26 the planetarium will open at 12:30 and show one of four science programs. Shows are $3 per person, cash or checks are accepted, and solar viewing is available before and after for $1. All proceeds benefit the Astronomy Outreach Programs. Shows are appropriate for children in 1st through 4th grades.
The summer shows are:
- "The Little Star That Could" (1st grade – showing July 5) is a story about Little Star, an average yellow star searching for planets of his own to protect and warm. Along the way, Little Star meets other stars, learns what makes each star special and discovers that stars combine to form star clusters and galaxies. Eventually, Little Star finds his planets. Each planet is introduced to the audience with basic information about our solar system.
- In the "Seasons Reasons Show," (2nd grade – showing June 14 and July 12) Marvin Short, Jake Jupiter and Laura Twist tell us about weather, the water cycle, clouds, seasons, constellations and the moon. Voices for the characters are narrated by voice talent from the TV cartoon series "Dragonball Z."
- "Solar System Tours" (3rd grade – showing June 21 and July 19) is a guided tour of the solar system in which students enjoy close-up views of all the planets on the Sky Theater's dome. Students experience wonders from the sun to the edge of the solar system, including reclassification of Pluto.
- "Dinosaur Passage to Pangaea" (4th grade – showing June 28 and July 26) is a stop-motion, 3D animated adventure explaining one of the greatest geological events in the history of the Earth: the separation of the supercontinent Pangaea. When two children embark on a geology field trip back in time, they are thrown into a fantastic voyage where they witness incredible geological wonders and learn the mysterious process that created our present-day continents.