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Emera Astronomy Center

207.581.1341|https://astro.umaine.edu/

December 2019

Mystery of the Christmas Star

December 8 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 2:00 pm on Sunday, repeating until December 15, 2019

Emera Astronomy Center, 167 Rangeley Rd.
Orono, ME 04469 United States

Journey back 2,000 years to Bethlehem as we seek to discover a scientific explanation for the star the wise men followed to find the baby Jesus. Investigate possible dates for the birth of Christ and look at recorded sightings of significant historical and astronomical events during this timeframe. We’ll explore scientific explanations for celestial objects that could have been remarkable enough to cause the wise men to travel across the desert from Babylon to Bethlehem just to see a newborn…

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Let It Snow

December 8 @ 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
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One event on December 8, 2019 at 3:30 pm

One event on December 15, 2019 at 3:30 pm

Emera Astronomy Center, 167 Rangeley Rd.
Orono, ME 04469 United States

"Let it Snow" features a new variety of festive classics from Frank Sinatra and Chuck Berry to Burl Ives and Brenda Lee, including a stunning multimedia finale by the Trans Siberian Orchestra.  The soundtrack is visually enhanced with thematic animation, special in the audiovisual setting of the planetarium and is an entertaining experience for all ages, especially families. Tickets are $8 for general admission. Music programs may contain explicit lyrics, and are intended for adult audiences. All music programs may…

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Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Universe

December 13 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 7:00 pm on Friday, repeating until December 20, 2019

Emera Astronomy Center, 167 Rangeley Rd.
Orono, ME 04469 United States

The Hitchhiker's Guide the Universe is an incredible visual tour of the size and scale of our cosmos. Join planetarium manager  Shawn Laatsch as he hosts the evening presentation and “flies” participants out into space on a unique and engaging tour through the universe. Audience members will travel to our local planets and their moon systems, zip through the rings of Saturn, and explore the asteroids.  We will visit other star systems, explore nebulae and go far beyond to star…

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Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Universe

December 13 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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One event on December 13, 2019 at 7:00 pm

One event on December 20, 2019 at 7:00 pm

Emera Astronomy Center, 167 Rangeley Rd.
Orono, ME 04469 United States

"The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Universe" is an incredible visual tour of the size and scale of our cosmos! Join planetarium manager Shawn Laatsch as he hosts the evening presentation and “flies” participants out into space on a unique and engaging tour through the universe. Audience members will travel to our local planets and their moon systems, zip through the rings of Saturn, and explore the asteroids. We will visit other star systems, explore nebulae and go far beyond to…

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Mystery of the Christmas Star

December 15 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 2:00 pm on Sunday, repeating until December 15, 2019

Emera Astronomy Center, 167 Rangeley Rd.
Orono, ME 04469 United States

Journey back 2,000 years to Bethlehem as we seek to discover a scientific explanation for the star the wise men followed to find the baby Jesus. Investigate possible dates for the birth of Christ and look at recorded sightings of significant historical and astronomical events during this timeframe. We’ll explore scientific explanations for celestial objects that could have been remarkable enough to cause the wise men to travel across the desert from Babylon to Bethlehem just to see a newborn…

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Let It Snow

December 15 @ 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)

One event on December 8, 2019 at 3:30 pm

One event on December 15, 2019 at 3:30 pm

Emera Astronomy Center, 167 Rangeley Rd.
Orono, ME 04469 United States

"Let it Snow" features a new variety of festive classics from Frank Sinatra and Chuck Berry to Burl Ives and Brenda Lee, including a stunning multimedia finale by the Trans Siberian Orchestra.  The soundtrack is visually enhanced with thematic animation, special in the audiovisual setting of the planetarium and is an entertaining experience for all ages, especially families. Tickets are $8 for general admission. Music programs may contain explicit lyrics, and are intended for adult audiences. All music programs may…

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Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Universe

December 20 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 7:00 pm on Friday, repeating until December 20, 2019

Emera Astronomy Center, 167 Rangeley Rd.
Orono, ME 04469 United States

The Hitchhiker's Guide the Universe is an incredible visual tour of the size and scale of our cosmos. Join planetarium manager  Shawn Laatsch as he hosts the evening presentation and “flies” participants out into space on a unique and engaging tour through the universe. Audience members will travel to our local planets and their moon systems, zip through the rings of Saturn, and explore the asteroids.  We will visit other star systems, explore nebulae and go far beyond to star…

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Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Universe

December 20 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)

One event on December 13, 2019 at 7:00 pm

One event on December 20, 2019 at 7:00 pm

Emera Astronomy Center, 167 Rangeley Rd.
Orono, ME 04469 United States

"The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Universe" is an incredible visual tour of the size and scale of our cosmos! Join planetarium manager Shawn Laatsch as he hosts the evening presentation and “flies” participants out into space on a unique and engaging tour through the universe. Audience members will travel to our local planets and their moon systems, zip through the rings of Saturn, and explore the asteroids. We will visit other star systems, explore nebulae and go far beyond to…

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January 2020

Expedition Reef

January 7, 2020 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Emera Astronomy Center, 167 Rangeley Rd.
Orono, ME 04469 United States

Explore the secrets of the "rainforests of the sea" and embark on an oceanic safari to the world’s most vibrant and endangered marine ecosystems — coral reefs. Discover how corals grow, feed, reproduce, and support over 25 percent of all marine life on Earth — while facing unprecedented threats from climate change, habitat destruction, and overfishing. Although they line about a third of tropical coastlines, reefs comprise less than one percent of the world's ocean environments, showing how precious and…

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February 2020

Lucia: The Secret of Shooting Stars

February 4, 2020 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Emera Astronomy Center, 167 Rangeley Rd.
Orono, ME 04469 United States

Vladimir, a polar bear, and James, a penguin, travel into space aboard the Polaris to study polar auroras. Hit by a meteorite, they crash at the foot of a pre-Columbian pyramid and meet Lucia, a hummingbird who is passionate about rocks. She tells them about a legend evoking “stones of light.” Meteorites, shooting stars, these “stones of light” intrigue them all. Searching for answers, they board for the moon, then the asteroid belt, and finally land on a comet nucleus.…

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March 2020

Secret of the Cardboard Rocket

March 3, 2020 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Emera Astronomy Center, 167 Rangeley Rd.
Orono, ME 04469 United States

Join two children on a magical journey through the solar system, aided by a talking astronomy book, a cardboard rocket and a vivid imagination. During this imaginative show, audiences will land on Venus, fly through the rings of Saturn, and discover the secrets of the solar system. Tickets for planetarium programs are $6 for Adults, $5 for UMaine Students/Veterans/Senior Citizens, and $4 for children under 12. Click here to view the calendar. Tickets may be purchased online, by phone at…

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April 2020

Habitat Earth

April 7, 2020 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Emera Astronomy Center, 167 Rangeley Rd.
Orono, ME 04469 United States

Living networks connect and support life forms large and small — from colonies of tiny microbes and populations of massive whales to ever-expanding human societies. Discover what it means to live in today’s connected world in "Habitat Earth." Through stunning visualizations of the natural world, dive below the ocean’s surface to explore the dynamic relationships found in kelp forest ecosystems, travel beneath the forest floor to see how Earth’s tallest trees rely on tiny fungi to survive, and journey to…

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May 2020

Incoming!

May 5, 2020 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Emera Astronomy Center, 167 Rangeley Rd.
Orono, ME 04469 United States

Asteroids and comets have collided with our planet throughout its history, changing the course of life on Earth and shaping the world we know today. Real-time data from current NASA missions help audiences explore the past, present and future of our solar system. Take a journey through the dynamic story of our cosmic origins. Discover what these impacts from above can teach us—and how scientific advances may allow us to find and track cosmic threats before they reach planet Earth.…

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June 2020

Earth, Moon and Sun

June 2, 2020 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Emera Astronomy Center, 167 Rangeley Rd.
Orono, ME 04469 United States

"Earth, Moon and Sun" is a fast-paced full dome demonstration of lunar phases, eclipses, day and night, the sun and other puzzling events with the help of a confused coyote. This program beautifully illustrates basic concepts like moon phases and seasons. Based on the trickster of Native American lore, Coyote is constantly corrected in his misunderstandings of how things work. A live tour of the Maine sky and its beautiful constellations completes this micro-unit of astronomy. Tickets for planetarium programs…

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