Planetarium sets fall schedule

Sept. 5, 2012

The planetarium at Henderson State University’s Reynolds Science Center has scheduled four public shows this fall. From spectacular views provided by the Cassini space craft to a simulated flight to a black hole, visitors will learn about the planets on the planetarium’s 360-degree panoramic screen. Numerous projectors are used to display video and slides, which are combined with a modern sound system.

The following shows are scheduled:

Saturn – Jewel of the Heavens (36 minutes)
Sept. 6, 13, and 20, at 7 p.m.
The Cassini space craft has lifted the veil on this once mysterious giant of our solar system. Data has been collected, not only on the giant itself, but also on the many moons orbiting Saturn and the countless particles encircling the planet known to all as the rings of Saturn. This data will be studied for years to come.

Stars of the Pharaohs (36 minutes)
Oct. 18 and 25 at 7 p.m.
Travel to ancient Egypt to see how science was used to tell time, make a workable calendar, and align huge buildings. Learn about the connection ancient Egyptians felt with the stars and various astronomical phenomena, and experience some of the most spectacular temples and tombs of the ancient world recreated in its original splendor.

Black Holes – The Other Side of Infinity (24 minutes)
Nov. 8 and 15 at 7 p.m.
Be dazzled by the visualizations of the formation of the early universe, star birth - and death, the collision of giant galaxies, and a simulated flight to a super-massive black hole lurking at the center of our own Milky Way galaxy.

Season of Light (35 minutes)
Dec. 6 and 13 at 7 p.m.
This show was the first of the public shows presented by the Henderson Planetarium. It was first presented in December 1999. It has a Christmas theme, concentrating on the traditions of Christmas and their origins.

The shows are open to the public. There is an admission charge of $3 per person, or $1 with student ID. Extreme darkness is important to the effects of the shows, therefore, late arrivals will not be admitted. For more information, please contact Jim Duke, planetarium manager, at (870) 230-5006 or

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