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167 Rangeley Rd.
Orono, ME 04469 United States

September 2022

Star Dreaming

September 30 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 7:00 pm on Friday, repeating until September 30, 2022

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

Explore the mysteries of the universe with Max and Lucia as they travel deep into the Australian Outback to visit the site of the world’s largest radio telescope and the planet’s oldest living culture. Discover the SKA (Square Kilometer Array) radio telescope and the questions it hopes to answer.  Enter the ancient land of the Yamaji people, Aboriginal Australians who have shared star stories for more than 60,000 years.  Discover how much the scientific and ancient world have in common,…

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October 2022

Black Holes

October 1 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Versant Power Astronomy Center, 167 Rangeley Rd.
Orono, ME 04469 United States

The attraction of Black Holes is more than just gravitational. These mysterious graveyards of dead stars have fascinated generations. “Black Holes” explores the history, physics, and mystery of these reality-bending phenomena. Experience the bending of light, the skewing of perception, and the dizzying descent into a black hole. 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…

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EXO: Are We Alone?

October 1 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
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One event on October 1, 2022 at 11:30 am

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

Humankind has always sought to understand the mysteries of the Universe and speculated about the possibility of extraterrestrial life. Today we know of thousands of exoplanets — planets located outside our Solar System — that offer valuable information about our own planet, its origins and life on Earth. We’re on the cusp of making some fascinating discoveries. But how will they change our lives? Tickets for planetarium programs are $7 for Adults, $6 for UMaine Students/Veterans/Senior Citizens, and $5 for…

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Explore!

October 1 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Versant Power Astronomy Center, 167 Rangeley Rd.
Orono, ME 04469 United States

Mars… For centuries it’s been an object of human fascination. Once mysterious, soon this red world may become our new home. This became possible due to daring individuals like Johannes Kepler: fascinated with the world, striving toward discovery and embracing challenges it may bring. It is our duty to continue their work… Explore, Dream, Discover.  Take an adventurous journey with humankind: from ancient Mesopotamia to modern space exploration. Experience the fascinating history of astronomy, geocentric and heliocentric models, Kepler laws…

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Big Astronomy — People, Places, and Discoveries!

October 1 @ 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Versant Power Astronomy Center, 167 Rangeley Rd.
Orono, ME 04469 United States

"Big Astronomy – People, Places, and Discoveries!"  will take audiences to cutting-edge telescopes in the remote mountains of Chile and introduce the people who make sure these instruments operate day and night, unlocking the secrets of the universe.  Explore ALMA, VLT, and the new Vera Rubin Observatory (formerly LSST) and how these incredible facilities are changing our view of the cosmos. Tickets for planetarium programs are $7 for Adults, $6 for UMaine Students/Veterans/Senior Citizens, and $5 for children under 12.…

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Secrets of the Universe

October 1 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Versant Power Astronomy Center, 167 Rangeley Rd.
Orono, ME 04469 United States

Travel with scientist Manuel Calderon De La Barca Sanchez as he journeys to the largest machine ever built, the greatest scientific instrument ever created, the Large Hadron Collider (LHC). There, he joins a global team working to uncover another amazing breakthrough in this new world of technology-driven physics. We get an inside look at the machine and come to understand just what it means to do science, teaming up for the flag of humanity to solve the universe’s greatest mysteries.…

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Pink Floyd: Dark Side of the Moon

October 1 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Versant Power Astronomy Center, 167 Rangeley Rd.
Orono, ME 04469 United States

Pink Floyd: Dark Side of the Moon immerses theatergoers on a journey of our universe centralized on sensational visuals and artistic interpretation. Experience music from this internationally acclaimed rock band at the Versant Power Astronomy Center. Tickets are $9 for general admission. Music programs may contain explicit lyrics, and are intended for adult audiences. All music programs may contain bright flashing lights and fast-moving images, which have been known to trigger seizures with those with photosensitive epilepsy. Viewer discretion is advised. Tickets…

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We Are Stars

October 2 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Versant Power Astronomy Center, 167 Rangeley Rd.
Orono, ME 04469 United States

What are we made of? Where did it all come from? Explore the secrets of our cosmic chemistry, and our explosive origins. Connect life on Earth to the evolution of the Universe by following the formation of Hydrogen atoms to the synthesis of Carbon, and the molecules for life. Explore the lives and deaths of stars.  Narrated by Andy Serkis. Tickets for planetarium programs are $7 for Adults, $6 for UMaine Students/Veterans/Senior Citizens, and $5 for children under 12. Click…

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Incoming!

October 2 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
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One event on October 2, 2022 at 12:30 pm

Versant Power 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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Spooky Space

October 2 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 2:00 pm on Sunday, repeating until October 30, 2022

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

Looking for cosmic fun this Halloween season? Would you like to meet the spectacular stars of Halloween? Monsters, zombies, and ghosts—and their far more terrible counterparts in space? Oh yes, space has its monsters: Black holes, zombie stars, and spectacular ghostly nebulae.  Explore these “spooky” wonders of the night sky here at the planetarium. Learn about the celestial origins of Halloween and how it is an astronomical holiday. Tickets for planetarium programs are $7 for Adults, $6 for UMaine Students/Veterans/Senior…

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Monster Mash: A Halloween Spooktacular!

October 2 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 4:00 pm on Sunday, repeating until October 30, 2022

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

You do not have to wait until 3 a.m. to experience the true terror of the witching hour. Take your "Spooky Scary Skeletons" out of the closet and join the Versant Power Astronomy Center for a month-long "Monster Mash".  We will "Put a Spell on You" for the entire month of October with a menacing myriad of modern and classic Halloween tunes set to planetarium visuals that will surely haunt the very depths of your soul!  Muahahahaha! Tickets are $9 for…

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Living Worlds

October 7 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 7:00 pm on Friday, repeating until October 28, 2022

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

Earth is a planet shaped by life. From the forests that help stabilize our climate, to the winds carrying life-sustaining water and oxygen to far-flung parts of the globe, the fingerprints of life are visible even from many light years away. Journey through space and time to examine life as an essential quality of our home planet Earth. Explore of the co-evolution of life and the ways it has transformed Earth’s surface and atmosphere over billions of years. See how…

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Spooky Space

October 9 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 2:00 pm on Sunday, repeating until October 30, 2022

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

Looking for cosmic fun this Halloween season? Would you like to meet the spectacular stars of Halloween? Monsters, zombies, and ghosts—and their far more terrible counterparts in space? Oh yes, space has its monsters: Black holes, zombie stars, and spectacular ghostly nebulae.  Explore these “spooky” wonders of the night sky here at the planetarium. Learn about the celestial origins of Halloween and how it is an astronomical holiday. Tickets for planetarium programs are $7 for Adults, $6 for UMaine Students/Veterans/Senior…

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Monster Mash: A Halloween Spooktacular!

October 9 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 4:00 pm on Sunday, repeating until October 30, 2022

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

You do not have to wait until 3 a.m. to experience the true terror of the witching hour. Take your "Spooky Scary Skeletons" out of the closet and join the Versant Power Astronomy Center for a month-long "Monster Mash".  We will "Put a Spell on You" for the entire month of October with a menacing myriad of modern and classic Halloween tunes set to planetarium visuals that will surely haunt the very depths of your soul!  Muahahahaha! Tickets are $9 for…

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Magic Tree House: Space Mission

October 11 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Versant Power Astronomy Center, 167 Rangeley Rd.
Orono, ME 04469 United States

Travel with the brother-sister duo, Jack and Annie, in their Magic Treehouse as they discover a note that asks them to answer a series of six questions about space. With the help of an astronomer, the Internet, an astronaut, books and the writer of the mysterious note, Jack and Annie are taken on a wondrous journey of adventure and learning. This exciting voyage will carry visitors to the planets and far out into the Universe where Jack and Annie nearly get……

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Living Worlds

October 14 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 7:00 pm on Friday, repeating until October 28, 2022

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

Earth is a planet shaped by life. From the forests that help stabilize our climate, to the winds carrying life-sustaining water and oxygen to far-flung parts of the globe, the fingerprints of life are visible even from many light years away. Journey through space and time to examine life as an essential quality of our home planet Earth. Explore of the co-evolution of life and the ways it has transformed Earth’s surface and atmosphere over billions of years. See how…

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Spooky Space

October 16 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 2:00 pm on Sunday, repeating until October 30, 2022

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

Looking for cosmic fun this Halloween season? Would you like to meet the spectacular stars of Halloween? Monsters, zombies, and ghosts—and their far more terrible counterparts in space? Oh yes, space has its monsters: Black holes, zombie stars, and spectacular ghostly nebulae.  Explore these “spooky” wonders of the night sky here at the planetarium. Learn about the celestial origins of Halloween and how it is an astronomical holiday. Tickets for planetarium programs are $7 for Adults, $6 for UMaine Students/Veterans/Senior…

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Monster Mash: A Halloween Spooktacular!

October 16 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 4:00 pm on Sunday, repeating until October 30, 2022

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

You do not have to wait until 3 a.m. to experience the true terror of the witching hour. Take your "Spooky Scary Skeletons" out of the closet and join the Versant Power Astronomy Center for a month-long "Monster Mash".  We will "Put a Spell on You" for the entire month of October with a menacing myriad of modern and classic Halloween tunes set to planetarium visuals that will surely haunt the very depths of your soul!  Muahahahaha! Tickets are $9 for…

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Living Worlds

October 21 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 7:00 pm on Friday, repeating until October 28, 2022

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

Earth is a planet shaped by life. From the forests that help stabilize our climate, to the winds carrying life-sustaining water and oxygen to far-flung parts of the globe, the fingerprints of life are visible even from many light years away. Journey through space and time to examine life as an essential quality of our home planet Earth. Explore of the co-evolution of life and the ways it has transformed Earth’s surface and atmosphere over billions of years. See how…

Find out more »

Spooky Space

October 23 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 2:00 pm on Sunday, repeating until October 30, 2022

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

Looking for cosmic fun this Halloween season? Would you like to meet the spectacular stars of Halloween? Monsters, zombies, and ghosts—and their far more terrible counterparts in space? Oh yes, space has its monsters: Black holes, zombie stars, and spectacular ghostly nebulae.  Explore these “spooky” wonders of the night sky here at the planetarium. Learn about the celestial origins of Halloween and how it is an astronomical holiday. Tickets for planetarium programs are $7 for Adults, $6 for UMaine Students/Veterans/Senior…

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Monster Mash: A Halloween Spooktacular!

October 23 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 4:00 pm on Sunday, repeating until October 30, 2022

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

You do not have to wait until 3 a.m. to experience the true terror of the witching hour. Take your "Spooky Scary Skeletons" out of the closet and join the Versant Power Astronomy Center for a month-long "Monster Mash".  We will "Put a Spell on You" for the entire month of October with a menacing myriad of modern and classic Halloween tunes set to planetarium visuals that will surely haunt the very depths of your soul!  Muahahahaha! Tickets are $9 for…

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Living Worlds

October 28 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 7:00 pm on Friday, repeating until October 28, 2022

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

Earth is a planet shaped by life. From the forests that help stabilize our climate, to the winds carrying life-sustaining water and oxygen to far-flung parts of the globe, the fingerprints of life are visible even from many light years away. Journey through space and time to examine life as an essential quality of our home planet Earth. Explore of the co-evolution of life and the ways it has transformed Earth’s surface and atmosphere over billions of years. See how…

Find out more »

Spooky Space

October 30 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 2:00 pm on Sunday, repeating until October 30, 2022

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

Looking for cosmic fun this Halloween season? Would you like to meet the spectacular stars of Halloween? Monsters, zombies, and ghosts—and their far more terrible counterparts in space? Oh yes, space has its monsters: Black holes, zombie stars, and spectacular ghostly nebulae.  Explore these “spooky” wonders of the night sky here at the planetarium. Learn about the celestial origins of Halloween and how it is an astronomical holiday. Tickets for planetarium programs are $7 for Adults, $6 for UMaine Students/Veterans/Senior…

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Monster Mash: A Halloween Spooktacular!

October 30 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 4:00 pm on Sunday, repeating until October 30, 2022

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

You do not have to wait until 3 a.m. to experience the true terror of the witching hour. Take your "Spooky Scary Skeletons" out of the closet and join the Versant Power Astronomy Center for a month-long "Monster Mash".  We will "Put a Spell on You" for the entire month of October with a menacing myriad of modern and classic Halloween tunes set to planetarium visuals that will surely haunt the very depths of your soul!  Muahahahaha! Tickets are $9 for…

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November 2022

Rising Star: A South African Astronomy Journey

November 4 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 7:00 pm on Friday, repeating until November 25, 2022

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

Take an astronomical journey from our beginnings through the development of astronomy research in South Africa, and discover what the future of astronomy holds for the country. Dive into multi-wavelength and multi-messenger astronomy with the many remarkable facilities such as Southern African Large Telescope (SALT) and the most powerful radio telescope in the Southern Hemisphere, MeerKAT.  See how astronomy can be a powerful force in the life of a nation, and inspire the next generation of explorers. Tickets for planetarium…

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Fly Me to the Moon

November 6 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 2:00 pm on Sunday, repeating until November 27, 2022

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

A space adventure of the third kind... In 1969, three astronauts dared to go where no man had gone before; the Moon. Join Scooter, IQ and Nat — three tweenage flies — who go along on an incredible space adventure and discover the Moon in a new and dramatic way. "Fly Me to the Moon" introduces new generations to space exploration and the historic moment when the world was united for this awe-inspiring achievement.  A family film, the story is…

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The Wall – Pink Floyd

November 6 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 4:00 pm on Sunday, repeating until November 27, 2022

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

Pink Floyd’s progressive 8th album is put to stunning visuals that will send you to the moon. The album remained on Billboard charts for an amazing 741 weeks, longer than any other record in history. Experience “The Wall” like never before. The character Pink is the world-weary focus of this concept album as he slowly isolates himself from society, represented by the metaphorical “Wall” of the album title. Rock out with this all time classic album. Tickets are $9 for…

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3-2-1 Liftoff!

November 8 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Versant Power Astronomy Center, 167 Rangeley Rd.
Orono, ME 04469 United States

Elon the hamster loves science and doing experiments, which often fail in practice. One day Elon hears a crash. In his garden, he finds a crater with a damaged robot named 8 of 12 inside. How did it get here? Elon fixes the robot and finds out that he fell from a spaceship. Does Elon have the courage and wits you needed to go into space and back? Find out in 3-2-1 Liftoff! Tickets for planetarium programs are $7 for Adults,…

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Rising Star: A South African Astronomy Journey

November 11 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 7:00 pm on Friday, repeating until November 25, 2022

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

Take an astronomical journey from our beginnings through the development of astronomy research in South Africa, and discover what the future of astronomy holds for the country. Dive into multi-wavelength and multi-messenger astronomy with the many remarkable facilities such as Southern African Large Telescope (SALT) and the most powerful radio telescope in the Southern Hemisphere, MeerKAT.  See how astronomy can be a powerful force in the life of a nation, and inspire the next generation of explorers. Tickets for planetarium…

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Fly Me to the Moon

November 13 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 2:00 pm on Sunday, repeating until November 27, 2022

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

A space adventure of the third kind... In 1969, three astronauts dared to go where no man had gone before; the Moon. Join Scooter, IQ and Nat — three tweenage flies — who go along on an incredible space adventure and discover the Moon in a new and dramatic way. "Fly Me to the Moon" introduces new generations to space exploration and the historic moment when the world was united for this awe-inspiring achievement.  A family film, the story is…

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The Wall – Pink Floyd

November 13 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 4:00 pm on Sunday, repeating until November 27, 2022

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

Pink Floyd’s progressive 8th album is put to stunning visuals that will send you to the moon. The album remained on Billboard charts for an amazing 741 weeks, longer than any other record in history. Experience “The Wall” like never before. The character Pink is the world-weary focus of this concept album as he slowly isolates himself from society, represented by the metaphorical “Wall” of the album title. Rock out with this all time classic album. Tickets are $9 for…

Find out more »

Fly Me to the Moon

November 20 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 2:00 pm on Sunday, repeating until November 27, 2022

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

A space adventure of the third kind... In 1969, three astronauts dared to go where no man had gone before; the Moon. Join Scooter, IQ and Nat — three tweenage flies — who go along on an incredible space adventure and discover the Moon in a new and dramatic way. "Fly Me to the Moon" introduces new generations to space exploration and the historic moment when the world was united for this awe-inspiring achievement.  A family film, the story is…

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The Wall – Pink Floyd

November 20 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 4:00 pm on Sunday, repeating until November 27, 2022

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

Pink Floyd’s progressive 8th album is put to stunning visuals that will send you to the moon. The album remained on Billboard charts for an amazing 741 weeks, longer than any other record in history. Experience “The Wall” like never before. The character Pink is the world-weary focus of this concept album as he slowly isolates himself from society, represented by the metaphorical “Wall” of the album title. Rock out with this all time classic album. Tickets are $9 for…

Find out more »

Rising Star: A South African Astronomy Journey

November 25 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 7:00 pm on Friday, repeating until November 25, 2022

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

Take an astronomical journey from our beginnings through the development of astronomy research in South Africa, and discover what the future of astronomy holds for the country. Dive into multi-wavelength and multi-messenger astronomy with the many remarkable facilities such as Southern African Large Telescope (SALT) and the most powerful radio telescope in the Southern Hemisphere, MeerKAT.  See how astronomy can be a powerful force in the life of a nation, and inspire the next generation of explorers. Tickets for planetarium…

Find out more »

Fly Me to the Moon

November 27 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 2:00 pm on Sunday, repeating until November 27, 2022

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

A space adventure of the third kind... In 1969, three astronauts dared to go where no man had gone before; the Moon. Join Scooter, IQ and Nat — three tweenage flies — who go along on an incredible space adventure and discover the Moon in a new and dramatic way. "Fly Me to the Moon" introduces new generations to space exploration and the historic moment when the world was united for this awe-inspiring achievement.  A family film, the story is…

Find out more »

The Wall – Pink Floyd

November 27 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 4:00 pm on Sunday, repeating until November 27, 2022

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

Pink Floyd’s progressive 8th album is put to stunning visuals that will send you to the moon. The album remained on Billboard charts for an amazing 741 weeks, longer than any other record in history. Experience “The Wall” like never before. The character Pink is the world-weary focus of this concept album as he slowly isolates himself from society, represented by the metaphorical “Wall” of the album title. Rock out with this all time classic album. Tickets are $9 for…

Find out more »

December 2022

Mexica Archaeoastronomy: Between Space and Time

December 2 @ 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 23, 2022

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

Through impressive immersive scenarios, "Mexica Archaeoastronomy: Between Space and Time" illustrates the important role played by astronomical observation for the evolution of pre-Hispanic cultures in central Mexico. The Mexicas used the calendrical and astronomical knowledge inherited by their predecessor cultures to found the capital of their empire: Tenochtitlan. Vibrant colors, shapes and sounds transport the viewer to one of the most important cultures that, to this day, still lives in the heart and skin of the Mexican people.  The program…

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Let it Snow: A Holiday Music Journey

December 4 @ 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 18, 2022

Versant Power 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 multi-media finale by the Trans Siberian Orchestra.  The soundtrack is visually enhanced with thematic animation and is an entertaining experience for all ages, especially families. Tickets are $9 for general admission. All music programs may contain bright flashing lights and fast-moving images, which have been known to trigger seizures with those with photosensitive epilepsy. Viewer…

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Mystery of the Christmas Star

December 4 @ 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 18, 2022

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

Journey back 2000 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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Mexica Archaeoastronomy: Between Space and Time

December 9 @ 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 23, 2022

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

Through impressive immersive scenarios, "Mexica Archaeoastronomy: Between Space and Time" illustrates the important role played by astronomical observation for the evolution of pre-Hispanic cultures in central Mexico. The Mexicas used the calendrical and astronomical knowledge inherited by their predecessor cultures to found the capital of their empire: Tenochtitlan. Vibrant colors, shapes and sounds transport the viewer to one of the most important cultures that, to this day, still lives in the heart and skin of the Mexican people.  The program…

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Let it Snow: A Holiday Music Journey

December 11 @ 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 18, 2022

Versant Power 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 multi-media finale by the Trans Siberian Orchestra.  The soundtrack is visually enhanced with thematic animation and is an entertaining experience for all ages, especially families. Tickets are $9 for general admission. All music programs may contain bright flashing lights and fast-moving images, which have been known to trigger seizures with those with photosensitive epilepsy. Viewer…

Find out more »

Mystery of the Christmas Star

December 11 @ 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 18, 2022

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

Journey back 2000 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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Earth, Moon, and Sun

December 13 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Versant Power 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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Mexica Archaeoastronomy: Between Space and Time

December 16 @ 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 23, 2022

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

Through impressive immersive scenarios, "Mexica Archaeoastronomy: Between Space and Time" illustrates the important role played by astronomical observation for the evolution of pre-Hispanic cultures in central Mexico. The Mexicas used the calendrical and astronomical knowledge inherited by their predecessor cultures to found the capital of their empire: Tenochtitlan. Vibrant colors, shapes and sounds transport the viewer to one of the most important cultures that, to this day, still lives in the heart and skin of the Mexican people.  The program…

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Let it Snow: A Holiday Music Journey

December 18 @ 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 18, 2022

Versant Power 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 multi-media finale by the Trans Siberian Orchestra.  The soundtrack is visually enhanced with thematic animation and is an entertaining experience for all ages, especially families. Tickets are $9 for general admission. All music programs may contain bright flashing lights and fast-moving images, which have been known to trigger seizures with those with photosensitive epilepsy. Viewer…

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Mystery of the Christmas Star

December 18 @ 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 18, 2022

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

Journey back 2000 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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Mexica Archaeoastronomy: Between Space and Time

December 23 @ 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 23, 2022

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

Through impressive immersive scenarios, "Mexica Archaeoastronomy: Between Space and Time" illustrates the important role played by astronomical observation for the evolution of pre-Hispanic cultures in central Mexico. The Mexicas used the calendrical and astronomical knowledge inherited by their predecessor cultures to found the capital of their empire: Tenochtitlan. Vibrant colors, shapes and sounds transport the viewer to one of the most important cultures that, to this day, still lives in the heart and skin of the Mexican people.  The program…

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January 2023

Worlds of Ice

January 6, 2023 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 7:00 pm on Friday, repeating until January 27, 2023

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

Journey to the farthest reaches of the solar system, traveling through the dimensions of ice from the remote territories of the arctic, to a scientific complex nested under the South Pole. Experience it all immersed in a kaleidoscopic igloo, be dazzled by the icy wonderland of the arctic, and explores the relationship between humans and ice in science, culture and artistic expression. "Worlds of Ice" also rattles us, revealing how our disastrous human actions are responsible for the melting polar…

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Polaris: Mystery of the Polar Night

January 8, 2023 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 2:00 pm on Sunday, repeating until January 29, 2023

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

A traveling penguin from the South Pole and a funny polar bear from the North pole meet on arctic sea ice. They become friends observing the night sky together and wondering why night is so long at the poles of the Earth. This mystery leads them on a scientific adventure by building an improvised spaceship to travel around the Earth to learn about seasons, visit Mars and Saturn to learn about ice in the solar system and how planets have…

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From Dream to Discovery

January 10, 2023 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Versant Power Astronomy Center, 167 Rangeley Rd.
Orono, ME 04469 United States

Join NASA’s engineers as they design, test, and launch today’s hottest missions into space. Witness the enormity of the new James Webb Space Telescope, the intensity of Goddard Space Flight Center’s testing facilities, and the excitement of the New Horizons mission to Pluto. From blueprint to blastoff, experience how robotic space flight is pushing the frontiers of human exploration to the very edges of the universe. Tickets for planetarium programs are $7 for Adults, $6 for UMaine Students/Veterans/Senior Citizens, and…

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Worlds of Ice

January 13, 2023 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 7:00 pm on Friday, repeating until January 27, 2023

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

Journey to the farthest reaches of the solar system, traveling through the dimensions of ice from the remote territories of the arctic, to a scientific complex nested under the South Pole. Experience it all immersed in a kaleidoscopic igloo, be dazzled by the icy wonderland of the arctic, and explores the relationship between humans and ice in science, culture and artistic expression. "Worlds of Ice" also rattles us, revealing how our disastrous human actions are responsible for the melting polar…

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Polaris: Mystery of the Polar Night

January 15, 2023 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 2:00 pm on Sunday, repeating until January 29, 2023

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

A traveling penguin from the South Pole and a funny polar bear from the North pole meet on arctic sea ice. They become friends observing the night sky together and wondering why night is so long at the poles of the Earth. This mystery leads them on a scientific adventure by building an improvised spaceship to travel around the Earth to learn about seasons, visit Mars and Saturn to learn about ice in the solar system and how planets have…

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Worlds of Ice

January 20, 2023 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 7:00 pm on Friday, repeating until January 27, 2023

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

Journey to the farthest reaches of the solar system, traveling through the dimensions of ice from the remote territories of the arctic, to a scientific complex nested under the South Pole. Experience it all immersed in a kaleidoscopic igloo, be dazzled by the icy wonderland of the arctic, and explores the relationship between humans and ice in science, culture and artistic expression. "Worlds of Ice" also rattles us, revealing how our disastrous human actions are responsible for the melting polar…

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Polaris: Mystery of the Polar Night

January 22, 2023 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 2:00 pm on Sunday, repeating until January 29, 2023

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

A traveling penguin from the South Pole and a funny polar bear from the North pole meet on arctic sea ice. They become friends observing the night sky together and wondering why night is so long at the poles of the Earth. This mystery leads them on a scientific adventure by building an improvised spaceship to travel around the Earth to learn about seasons, visit Mars and Saturn to learn about ice in the solar system and how planets have…

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Worlds of Ice

January 27, 2023 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 7:00 pm on Friday, repeating until January 27, 2023

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

Journey to the farthest reaches of the solar system, traveling through the dimensions of ice from the remote territories of the arctic, to a scientific complex nested under the South Pole. Experience it all immersed in a kaleidoscopic igloo, be dazzled by the icy wonderland of the arctic, and explores the relationship between humans and ice in science, culture and artistic expression. "Worlds of Ice" also rattles us, revealing how our disastrous human actions are responsible for the melting polar…

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Polaris: Mystery of the Polar Night

January 29, 2023 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 2:00 pm on Sunday, repeating until January 29, 2023

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

A traveling penguin from the South Pole and a funny polar bear from the North pole meet on arctic sea ice. They become friends observing the night sky together and wondering why night is so long at the poles of the Earth. This mystery leads them on a scientific adventure by building an improvised spaceship to travel around the Earth to learn about seasons, visit Mars and Saturn to learn about ice in the solar system and how planets have…

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February 2023

Lucia: The Secret of Shooting Stars

February 14, 2023 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Versant Power 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 2023

One World, One Sky: Big Bird’s Adventure

March 14, 2023 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Versant Power Astronomy Center, 167 Rangeley Rd.
Orono, ME 04469 United States

Explore the night sky with your favorite friends from Sesame Street in 'One World, One Sky: Big Bird’s Adventure'. Follow along with Big Bird, Elmo and their friend from China, Hu Hu Zhu, as they take an imaginary trip from Sesame Street to the moon, where they discover how different it is from Earth. They explore the day and night sky, learn about the Big Dipper, the North Star, the Sun and the Moon.  Along the way, they learn how…

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April 2023

Living Worlds

April 11, 2023 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
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One event on April 11, 2023 at 10:00 am

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

Earth is a planet shaped by life. From the forests that help stabilize our climate, to the winds carrying life-sustaining water and oxygen to far-flung parts of the globe, the fingerprints of life are visible even from many light years away. Journey through space and time to examine life as an essential quality of our home planet Earth. Explore the co-evolution of life and the ways it has transformed Earth’s surface and atmosphere over billions of years. See how light…

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