SFCC planetarium reopens with new shows, admission price

Published: Thursday, January 10, 2008 at 12:04 p.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, January 10, 2008 at 12:04 p.m.

The Kika Silva Pla Planetarium at Santa Fe Community College will be offering expanded programming and charging admission when it reopens Friday. The planetarium has been closed for a few weeks while SFCC was closed for the holidays.

The new line-up will include children's matinees, full-dome video planetarium productions and interactive planetarium shows, as well as Cosmic Concerts. Planetarium director Laurent Pellerin described the concerts as “the 21st century version of cosmic light shows.” Trailers for the new shows can be viewed at www.sfcc.edu/planetarium.

Tickets sales will begin 30 minutes before showtime and only cash will be accepted. Ticket prices are $10 for all Cosmic Concert seats. Planetarium show tickets prices are $4 for adults ages 13 to 59, $3 for seniors and children ages 4 to 12, free for children up to age 3 and for anyone with a current SFCC ID card.

The current show schedule includes;

--7 p.m. Fridays: Southern Nights, an interactive series on everyday astronomy and how to identify planets and constellations in the current night skies over North Central Florida.

--9 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays: Cosmic Concert: Sounds of the Underground, a music show set to techno, dance, club and rave music accompanied by a variety of artistic 3-D animations.

--3 p.m. Saturdays: Zula Patrol: Under the Weather, a children's matinee based on the PBS Zula Patrol educational television airing nationwide.

--5 p.m. Saturdays: Black Holes: The Other Side of Infinity, a full dome production narrated by Liam Neeson that brings the current science of black holes to the dome screen.

--7 p.m. Saturdays: Night Spirits: Native American Star Lore,a presentation by Pellerin that includes Native American storytelling under the planetarium's realistic night sky star projectors.

Karen Voyles can be reached at 359-5656 or kvoyles@gmail.com

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