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TREASURE COAST -- Indian River State College Hallstrom Planetarium will present the show, "Galileo: The Power of the Telescope" at the Main Campus, 3209 Virginia Ave., in Fort Pierce. Audiences will examine the work of the famous Italian astronomer, Galileo Galilei, and his use of a simple telescope to the advances that have been made by new more powerful telescopes that explore the cosmos. The show will look at how Galileo used two pieces of curved glass to create lenses for a telescope, which revolutionized human understanding of the universe more than 400 years ago.
The new show will be presented in the Planetarium's recently upgraded, immersive video projection system that can now take visitors underwater to explore coral reefs, probe the hearts of distant nebulas and galaxies, or explore the microscopic world. New projected images will cover the domed ceiling creating wrap-around scenes in addition to beautiful star fields. Audiences will feel that they are actually in an outside environment looking up at the sky.
"Galileo: The Power of the Telescope" will be presented on April 11-12, April 25-26, May 9-10, May 23-24 and June 6-7. Planetarium show times are Friday evenings at 6 and 7:30 p.m. and Saturday afternoons at 1 and 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $3.
The Hallstrom Planetarium also offers public programs exclusively for younger audiences ages 4-12. Kid Space shows will be presented at 11 a.m. on select Saturdays throughout the school year. Children will be taken on scientific voyages of discovery and will learn about stars and constellations, Earth and other planets, the moon, and how outer space is explored. Kid Space will be presented on April 12 and 26, May 10 and 24 and June 7.
Planetarium shows, except for Kid Space shows, are recommended for adults and children over the age of 10. The Hallstrom Planetarium's temperature is maintained at 72 degrees and visitors may want to bring a light jacket or sweater.
Tickets may be purchased at the IRSC Box Office at the McAlpin Fine Arts Center or by calling (800) 220-9915 with VISA, Discover, American Express, or MasterCard or visit www.irsc.edu.