Celebrate solstice at UAA Planetarium
by Michelle Saport |
Today is Solstice! It's the longest day of the year, which in Anchorage means we get 19.4 hours of daylight. To celebrate, the UAA Planetarium is presenting two shows on Friday, June 21 - Sunstruck! at 6:30 p.m. and Undiscovered Worlds at 8 p.m.
Sunstruck! Presented by UAA Physicist Nathaniel Hicks, Ph.D. Friday, June 21, 6:30 p.m. | Tickets on sale at UAATix.com
Explore the sun in all its glory in this full-dome show. Sunstruck! takes us on a journey to discover the wonders of our magnificent sun and investigate how our star has supported life on Earth for millennia. This program includes information on the structure of our sun, the source of its energy and how solar activity impacts our world.
Undiscovered Worlds Presented by Planetarium Director and UAA Astronomer Erin Hicks, Ph.D. Friday, June 21, 8 p.m. | Tickets on sale at UAATix.com
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.