Oct. 21, 2016: 'Fractals Rock!' and 'Undiscovered Worlds' at UAA Planetarium
by Michelle Saport |
As Alaska's largest planetarium, the UAA Planetarium & Visualization Theater is an immersive place to explore the world around us-from the smallest microbes to the most distant galaxies. For more information, including how to become a UAA Planetarium member, please visit uaa.alaska.edu/planetarium.
Fractals are all around us in the natural world, spanning a huge range of scales. The same patterns repeat themselves again and again, from the tiny branching of our blood vessels and neurons to the branching of trees, lightning bolts and river networks. Fractals also serve as intricately beautiful representations of the otherwise abstract world of mathematics. They're surprisingly simple to make, but the closer you look at them, the more complexities you find. "Fractals Rock!" will take you on a visual tour of the endless fractal patterns of nature and magnify for you the infinite complexity of mathematical art.
Humans have long imagined exotic and intriguing worlds beyond our solar system. However, in recent years, science fiction has become science fact. With the creation of better telescopes and the improvement of detection techniques, we have discovered that our sun is not the only star with orbiting planets. Since the discovery of the first exoplanet in 1995, astronomers have discovered hundreds more orbiting other stars in our galaxy and beyond.
Save the date for these upcoming shows at the UAA Planetarium & Visualization Theater:
- Thursday, Oct. 27, 8 p.m. - Zombie Unicorn's Dome Show of Zombies
- Friday, Oct. 28, 6:30 p.m. - Chasing the Ghost Particle
- Friday, Oct. 28, 8 p.m. - Stars of the Alaskan Sky: Monsters