Planetarium reopens with new shows

The Goto Chronos, a computer-controlled mechanical-optical projector, is used in the Santa Fe Community College Planetarium. Planetarium coordinator Laurent Pellerin said the projector is one of 11 in the world.

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Published: Friday, January 11, 2008 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, January 11, 2008 at 12:00 a.m.

The Kaka Silva Pla Planetarium at Santa Fe Community College will begin charging admission as it offers expanded programming when it reopens today.


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The planetarium has been closed 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 on the planetarium's Web site.

SFCC officials said admission to the planetarium was free during its first half-year as a way to introduce it to the community. Admission fees collected will now be used to defray programming costs. Ticket sales begin 30 minutes before show time and only cash will be accepted. No advance tickets are sold.

Ticket prices are $10 for all Cosmic Concert seats. Planetarium show ticket 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 series airing nationwide.

5 p.m. Saturdays: Black Holes: The Other Side of Infinity, a full dome production 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 projector.

Karen Voyles can be reached at 352-359-5656 or

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