Zacheis Planetarium continues to offer free shows

(04-17-2013)

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The Adams State University Zacheis Planetarium will present two new full-dome movies, "Life: A Cosmic Story", at 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. "Earthquake: Evidence of a Restless Planet" at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m., both on Saturday, April 27.

"Life: A Cosmic Story" tells the 14-billion-year saga of how we came to be. It's a journey from the microscopic view inside a plant cell to the vastness of our universe populated by billions of galaxies swirling in space. All life shares a common ancestry and common chemistry, all related at the molecular level. "Life" visits the earliest stars where these chemicals were originally formed, the oceans of ancient Earth where the chemical processes we know as life began, and the changes life has brought to Earth itself. It also reviews the evidence supporting these fantastic scientific facts.

A sweeping geological journey, "Earthquake: Evidence of a Restless Planet" explores the forces that transform the surface of our planet. Fly along the San Andreas Fault before diving into the planet's interior; journey back in time to witness the 1906 San Francisco earthquake, and the break-up of Pangaea 200 million years ago. Visit the sites of historical earthquakes from the Mediterranean Sea to the Pacific Ocean and learn how scientists and engineers collaborate to help society prepare for a safer environment — and a safer future. Data-driven visualizations illustrate Earth's story, revealing how subtle motions and sudden ruptures have shaped our planet over eons — and how geological activity influences the course of human history.

Both movies were produced by the visualization studio of the California Academy of Sciences

All shows are free and open to the general public. Tickets are free but required due to limited seating. Tickets will be available for all shows at the planetarium starting at 5:30 p.m. on the April 27.

Weather permitting; telescopes will be set up outside the planetarium from dusk until after the last show. Star tours will be given and guests will be invited to view planets, double stars, nebulae, and more, through the planetarium's telescopes.

Zacheis Planetarium Free Friday Movies continues: Robot Explorers on April 19; Tales of Maya Skies on April 26; and Earthquake: Evidence of a Restless Planet on May 3. Doors open at 3:30 p.m. for Friday movies and are shown at 3:45 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.