Henderson planetarium announces fall show schedule

Henderson State University’s popular planetarium shows have returned.

The planetarium will offer three unique programs this fall on its state-of-the-art projection system featuring a 360–degree panoramic screen.

Secrets of the Sun will be featured Sept. 21. It provides an intimate look at the role the sun plays in the life of the solar system. From the nuclear forces churning at the heart of the sun, to the mass ejections of solar material into the surrounding space, the audience will experience the power of the sun and its impact on the planets and, ultimately, life on Earth.

On Oct. 19, sit back and be dazzled by Black Holes as it demonstrates the formation of the early universe, star birth and death, the collision of giant galaxies, and a simulated flight to a super-massive black hole lurking at the center of the Milky Way galaxy.

Universe, on Nov. 16, takes an historical look at how we have envisioned the universe through the ages. Visit some of the ancient sites where early civilizations erected great structures with special astronomical significance, and view the universe through the eyes of today’s science and space explorers to build up a spectacular overview of the heavens.

Each 20-minute show will offer two viewings at 12:30 p.m. and 7 p.m., and are free and open to the public.

The planetarium’s projection system is one of the largest and most sophisticated in the state. It’s capable of projecting stars, planets, galaxies, and multitudes of solar features onto the domed screen.

The shows combine stunning visual effects with powerful surround sound to transport audiences to all reaches of the universe.

For more information go to hsu.edu/planetarium.