New digital planetarium at Rowan University to open with "Black Holes"September 28, 2011
The Edelman Planetarium at Rowan University will feature “Black Holes: The Other Side of Infinity” as the opening public show for the 2011-2012 season. “Black Holes” will play on Sundays at 3 p.m. from Oct. 9 through Nov. 20.
The show provides a groundbreaking, scientifically accurate perspective on black holes and presents the latest compelling evidence that black holes are real.
Narrated by Liam Neeson, “Black Holes” brings viewers along on a ride to the inside of a super-massive black hole. The visuals are powered by a Black Hole Simulator developed by University of Colorado astrophysics professor Dr. Andrew Hamilton.
“Black Holes” kicks off the first full season of planetarium shows presented using the planetarium’s new digital video SciDome HD projection system, which was installed last spring. No longer limited to static images and small-scale visuals, the SciDome can fill the dome with colorful, animated visualizations of distant celestial environments.
The show includes a live introduction to the night sky, showing where black holes can be found and how they affect nearby objects. The entire program lasts about an hour. Tickets are available at the door starting at 2:30 p.m. The show is generally suitable for children six years of age and older.
More information can be found on the planetarium website at www.rowan.edu/planetarium/. The Edelman Planetarium is located in Science Hall on the main Rowan campus in Glassboro.
The planetarium, its programs, and the recent renovation are all the result of support from Rowan alumni Jean and Ric Edelman.