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August 27, 2008
By Sarah Purdy
Fleischmann Planetarium and Science Center on the University of Nevada, Reno campus offers two breathtaking immersive theater experiences beginning Sept. 5 — “Solar Max,” a large-format feature film by John Weiley, and “Extreme Planets,” a full-dome digital star show by Clark Planetarium Productions. The Planetarium will also feature Clark Planetarium’s recently released full-dome digital rock ’n' roll light show, “U2.” All three shows play through Jan. 4, 2009, accompanied by a number of other planetarium favorites showing daily.
“Solar Max” SkyDome 8/70 large-format feature film transports audiences to the awesome vastness and mysterious power of our closest star as never before. Director/producer John Weiley dazzles viewers with thought-provoking concepts and jaw-dropping footage of the Earth’s sun captured from international sites including the European Space Agency/NASA Solar Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO).
The full-dome digital star show “Black Holes” takes audiences on a journey through one of the most mystifying, awe-inspiring phenomena in the universe. What is a black hole? Where do they come from? Where do they go? How do we find them? Is there one on Earth’s horizon? Explore the most recent discoveries in a show featuring the latest in full-dome 3-D animation technology.
You’ve heard the band. Now see the music. Clark Planetarium Productions just launched a much-anticipated music entertainment show featuring one of the greatest bands of all time. “U2” is the first-ever full-dome production integrating the group’s timeless classics and modern hits with the latest original full-dome art and interpretation, lighting effects, laser-beam work and live-performance special effects to create a thrilling one-of-a-kind immersive theater experience. It will rock your world.
The Planetarium Exhibit Hall contains permanent exhibits including large-scale rotating Earth and Moon globes, a black hole demonstrator and the largest collection of meteorites in the state. The Planetarium is currently hosting an exhibition created by the University’s Department of Psychology exploring visual perception.
Fleischmann Planetarium and Science Center is open every day, 10:30 a.m.-8 p.m.; closed only on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day. Admission is free to the Planetarium exhibits and gift shop. Special packages are available for school field trips and other groups. Parking is free in designated spaces in the West Stadium Parking Complex, level three, just east of the Planetarium.
For tickets, showtimes and more information, call (775) 784-4811 or visit the Fleischmann Planetarium website.