Summer 2017: Learn about moon travel and the human brain 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. See below to learn what's playing this summer at the UAA Planetarium. For more information, including how to become a planetarium member, please visit

Neurotours, with UAA Biologist Rachael Hannah, Ph.D. Friday, July 28, 6:30 p.m. Tickets / Preview

In Neurotours, the latest neuroimaging technology becomes our observatory to discover the inner frontier of human consciousness. Through a live-presented planetarium show, real brain images come alive around us as we scale our inner universe.

We'll be taken through MRI and CT scans all the way to two-photon microscopy of individual neurons. During the tour, we'll explore imagery on scales ranging from the size of the entire head down to the sub-cellular scale, millions of times smaller. It takes us flying through the skull to the outer layers of the cerebral cortex, exploring sub-components of the brain, wandering through neurons and much more.

Throughout the journey, you get an unprecedented view of our place in the universe, and in turn, where the universe is represented in our brain (it is!).

Complex 3-D biological structures are hard to learn by looking at flat pictures in textbooks, but Neurotours does what no one has done before-it brings cutting-edge neuroscience into the planetarium and creates an experience where we all become brain experts. For most people, the tour will be their first immersive live-travel inside a real human brain... a truly mind-blowing experience!

Back to the Moon for Good, with UAA Planetarium Manager Omega Smith Friday, July 28, 8 p.m. Tickets / Preview

Immerse yourself in a race to return to the moon 40 years after the historic Apollo landings. See how a competition among privately funded international teams is ushering in a new era of lunar exploration. Learn about the moon's resources and discover what humanity's future on the moon might hold. Narrated by Tim Allen, Back To The Moon For Good presents the Google Lunar XPRIZE, and the personal stories of competition and collaboration it inspires.

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