Edelman Planetarium to Host Opening Of New Sky Show, ?Images of the Infinite?January 12, 2006
The Hubble Telescope, flying high above Earth?s murky atmosphere, provides the sharpest pictures of celestial objects ever obtained. Now, for the first time in South Jersey, visitors to Rowan University?s Edelman Planetarium can experience these images up close in the new sky show ?Images of the Infinite: Hubble Space Telescope,? on Fridays at 7 p.m. from January 27 through April 28 (the theater will be closed Good Friday, April 14).
The show will take viewers on a tour through the Milky Way galaxy, showing colorful gas clouds in the process of star formation and the remains of giant star explosions. The program also will feature views of galaxies colliding together, spitting stars out into intergalactic space.
Included will be images of the Hubble Ultra Deep Field, a long-time exposure that penetrates deeper into the universe than any other telescope has ever gone. This image has provided scientists with one of the deepest ?core samples? ever taken of the universe, and it gives clues about what the universe was like when it was young.
Viewers also will see the gravity of dense galaxy clusters bend light from more distant objects, creating magnified views of strange objects that would be invisible without these natural zoom lenses.
Images, originally produced by Chicago?s Adler Planetarium, have been modified extensively to take advantage of the Edelman?s multimedia power. The program includes images from all the years the Hubble has been in operation.
Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for children under 13, seniors 60 and older and current Rowan students. The planetarium is located on the ground floor of the Science Hall (the building with a gray dome on its roof). For more information, see the planetarium Web page at http://www.rowan.edu/planetarium, or call the show information number, (856) 256-4389.