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Close Encounters of the Asteroid Kind at the Updated Southworth Planetarium!

Ready for an out-of-this-world experience? Look no further than USM’s Southworth Planetarium, now featuring state-of-the-art, 360-degree full-dome shows. Unlike shows displayed using slide projectors, full-dome shows surround the viewer completely, as the image conforms to the dome and moves around their heads.

New interactive full-dome shows at the Planetarium include:

Eight Planets and Counting: A trip through the solar system as planets and moons pass overhead and we fly through an asteroid belt.

IBEX: The Search for the Edge of the Solar System:  Get an in-depth look at the mission of NASA’s Interstellar Boundary Explorer (IBEX) as it creates a map of our Solar System’s boundary.

The Little Star That Could: Follow an “average” yellow star as he searches the galaxy for planets. A fun and engaging show that introduces children to the wonders of stellar astronomy.

Two Small Pieces of Glass: Join two teenage students at a star party as they learn how telescopes are used to help us understand and continue to explore our place in the universe.

February 15-24th get out of the cold and experience “Laseropolloza 2013!”  

Also in February, a small asteroid will pass approximately 15,000 miles from Earth’s surface. In commemoration of this “near miss”, USM’s asteroid expert, Dr. Julie Ziffer, presents the lecture “Close Encounters of the Asteroid Kind” about potentially hazardous asteroids that veer close to our home planet. Ziffer will be presenting at the planetarium on Thursday, February 14, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. Admission to the science lecture is by donation, refreshments will be served.

The Southworth Planetarium is located underneath the science building on the University of Southern Maine’s Portland campus. For more information, visit show schedules or call 207-780-4249.