Planetarium Saturday Matinees, March 2

by Michelle Saport  |   

"Saturday Matinee" shows consist solely of the prerecorded program, with no additional live presentations or time for audience questions. The show length will be shorter, but the cost will also be 40 percent less! If you are looking for live interaction with expert presenters, we encourage you to attend one of our one-hour Friday night shows.

"IBEX: Search for the Edge of the Solar System"
Saturday, March 2, 2 p.m.
ConocoPhillips Integrated Science Building, Room 220

This full-dome presentation follows the construction, launch and early science results of NASA's Interstellar Boundary EXplorer mission (IBEX). The spacecraft never gets farther than the orbit of the Moon, but by collecting fast-moving particles that have traveled 10 billion miles to the heliosheath and back, IBEX is mapping where the Sun's influence ends and interstellar space begins. Created at Chicago's Adler Planetarium with visualizations from the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA), this program is narrated by two inquisitive teenagers and features interviews with the scientists and engineers who have put their creative energies into this fascinating mission.

"Awesome Light"
Saturday, March 2, 3 p.m.
ConocoPhillips Integrated Science Building, Room 220

"Awesome Light," a full-dome show from the 'Imiloa Astronomy Center of Hawaii, shows discoveries from the giant telescopes of Maunakea. With unique access to these telescopes, it showcases the latest discoveries from the major international observatories located in Hawaii.

Learn about the "Big Mirrors" on the mountain! Voyage into Subaru, Gemini, Keck and Canada-France-Hawaii observatories to explore exo-planets, supernovae and stars orbiting around the black hole at the center of our galaxy.

"Nanocam: A trip into biodiversity"
Saturday, March 2, 4 p.m.
ConocoPhillips Integrated Science Building, Room 220

The show that shrinks you down to the size of an insect and flies you through the eye of a needle, "Nanocam: A trip into biodiversity" is a microscopic joyride into the five kingdoms of life. Featuring the latest 3-D animation technology and based on real electron microscope imagery, this show offers a unique, motivating, didactic and funny approach to biology that has never been seen like this before.

Join Hugo and Marcos as they rush to finish an assignment before heading off to the big game. But when they find the Nanocam microscope simulator online, their tedious task turns into a fascinating voyage of discovery into worlds they'd never dreamed of before.

Because of the popularity of our public shows, we strongly recommend that you reserve seats in advance at For more information, visit the planetarium website.

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