For tens of thousands of years humans have used their eyes to see light coming from the night sky. Today we use scientific instruments to observe the invisible universe all around us.
At the beginning of the 17th century, the invention of the astronomical telescope by Galileo revolutionized our knowledge of the universe. In the 20th century, with the arrival of rockets, it became possible to travel above the earth’s atmosphere and observe X-ray and gamma ray radiation, evidence of a hot and violent universe.
It’s not only light that provides information about the cosmos. Neutrinos and cosmic rays reveal its secrets. More recently, the detection of gravitational waves from two merging black holes by the LIGO experiment, opened an entirely new window in astrophysics.
Enjoy spellbinding images of the Cosmos as revealed by all these unique messengers.
Tickets for planetarium programs are $7 for Adults, $6 for UMaine Students/Veterans/Senior Citizens, and $5 for children under 12. Click here to view the Versant Power Astronomy Center calendar.
Tickets may be purchased online, or by phone at 207.581.1341.