Searching for water underway at Rowan?s Edelman PlanetariumFebruary 20, 2009
The planetarium star show "Oasis in Space" is now playing every weekend at the Edelman Planetarium at Rowan University.
Water is the key to human exploration of space. "Oasis" takes viewers on a startling and beautiful voyage through the solar system, with brief stopovers in other parts of the universe, in search of this prime ingredient for life. On the trip, they will see water frozen in the ice caps of Mars and in the nuclei of comets, watch hypothetical life forms swimming in an underground ocean on a moon of Jupiter and find ice hidden from the sun near the north and south poles of the Moon.
The show asks a number of questions: Is there liquid water anywhere to match the oceans of Earth? Can we find water in the places where we must settle if we wish to colonize other worlds? Are there water-rich planets like the Earth among the hundreds that have been discovered circling other stars? "Oasis" will lay out the possibilities in sky-filling detail on the planetarium dome.
"Oasis in Space" plays at 7 p.m. on Saturdays though May 9, except for April 11 during Easter weekend. Also playing on Saturday nights is "Laser Radiohead," a laser light show featuring music by one of the most inventive alternative bands. "Laser Radiohead" begins at 8:30 p.m. This show is enjoyable by folks about 8 years old and older.
Admission fees are $5 for adults, $3 for children 12 and under, $3 for seniors over 60 and $3 for Rowan Students with ID. Weekend parking is available in the large Lot A at the west end of the main Rowan campus on Rt. 322, near the Science Building where the planetarium is located. More information, including a map of the campus, is available at the planetarium Web site, www.rowan.edu/planetarium.