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167 Rangeley Rd.
Orono, ME 04469 United States

June 2021

Cosmic Journey

June 28 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Versant Power Astronomy Center, 167 Rangeley Rd.
Orono, ME 04469 United States

Volcanoes tower 80,000 feet above a barren surface. Monstrous hurricanes rage for 400 years. And multicolored rings sit suspended in space. In Cosmic Journey: A Solar system Adventure, you will travel through our solar system faster than the speed of light, taking in the wonders of the planets and their moons.   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…

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We Are Stars

June 30 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 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 $6 for Adults, $5 for UMaine Students/Veterans/Senior Citizens, and $4 for children under 12. Click…

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July 2021

Secret of the Cardboard Rocket

July 2 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Versant Power 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 207.581.1341,…

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Astronaut

July 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 Friday, July 30, 2021

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

The exploration of space is the greatest endeavor that humankind has ever undertaken. What does it take to be part of this incredible journey? What does it take to become an astronaut? Experience a rocket launch from inside the body of an astronaut. Explore the amazing worlds of inner and outer space, from floating around the International Space Station to maneuvering through microscopic regions of the human body. Discover the perils that lurk in space as we subject ‘Chad’, our test…

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Polaris: Mystery of the Polar Night

July 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 Sunday, July 25, 2021

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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U2: The Planetarium Experience

July 4 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 4:00 pm on Sunday, repeating until Sunday, July 25, 2021

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

Experience one of the greatest bands of the last two decades: U2 in the first ever full-dome production featuring their timeless classics and modern hits. The show includes hits like “Where the Streets Have No Name”, “With or Without You”, “Beautiful Day”, “Mysterious Ways” and “Elevation”, and many more all set to stunning fulldome visuals.  A treat for all U2 fans. Tickets are $8 for general admission. Music programs may contain explicit lyrics, and are intended for adult audiences. All…

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Cell! Cell! Cell!

July 5 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Versant Power Astronomy Center, 167 Rangeley Rd.
Orono, ME 04469 United States

You are made of 70 trillion living cells. They work. They talk. They think. They are what make you alive. This is the story of the trillions of cells that form our bodies, from our beginnings as a single cell to the complexity of a whole body: it’s the story of who we are. Join Raj and Sooki on a totally ex-CELL-ent immersive journey. Get shrunk down by the Shrink-a-tron, go back in time with the Retroscope and see an…

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The Little Star that Could

July 7 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Versant Power Astronomy Center, 167 Rangeley Rd.
Orono, ME 04469 United States

It’s hard to be a little star in a big universe. Join a medium-sized, yellow star as he makes his way through space. In his travels, he meets many different types of stars and learns about some of the other things that make our universe so interesting. After meeting stars, nebulas, and galaxies, the little star takes a good look at himself and finds that he, too, is special. He has nine planets that depend on him for warmth and…

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Cosmic Recipe

July 9 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Versant Power Astronomy Center, 167 Rangeley Rd.
Orono, ME 04469 United States

The famous astronomer Carl Sagan once said: “If you wish to make an apple pie from scratch, you must first invent the universe.” Though that may sound crazy, Sagan was onto something big. Want to know what? Pull up a chair at the planetarium’s Periodic Table and learn the cosmic recipes that created everything in our world — even us. Discover how the Big Bang cooked up everyday elements such as the calcium in our teeth, the silicon in our…

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Astronaut

July 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 Friday, July 30, 2021

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

The exploration of space is the greatest endeavor that humankind has ever undertaken. What does it take to be part of this incredible journey? What does it take to become an astronaut? Experience a rocket launch from inside the body of an astronaut. Explore the amazing worlds of inner and outer space, from floating around the International Space Station to maneuvering through microscopic regions of the human body. Discover the perils that lurk in space as we subject ‘Chad’, our test…

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Polaris: Mystery of the Polar Night

July 11 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 2:00 pm on Sunday, repeating until Sunday, July 25, 2021

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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U2: The Planetarium Experience

July 11 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 4:00 pm on Sunday, repeating until Sunday, July 25, 2021

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

Experience one of the greatest bands of the last two decades: U2 in the first ever full-dome production featuring their timeless classics and modern hits. The show includes hits like “Where the Streets Have No Name”, “With or Without You”, “Beautiful Day”, “Mysterious Ways” and “Elevation”, and many more all set to stunning fulldome visuals.  A treat for all U2 fans. Tickets are $8 for general admission. Music programs may contain explicit lyrics, and are intended for adult audiences. All…

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Dream to Fly

July 12 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Versant Power Astronomy Center, 167 Rangeley Rd.
Orono, ME 04469 United States

Have you ever dreamt you were flying? Have you ever thought how wonderful would it be to fly free as a bird?  Discover the mystery of flight with Leonardo da Vinci, Montgolfier brothers, Wright brothers and other inventors. Experience the adventure with powerful images and music, an immense and challenging dream, for which mankind has strived since the beginning of history. "Dream to Fly" explores the history of flight and its most important milestones on our route to conquering the…

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In My Backyard

July 14 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Versant Power Astronomy Center, 167 Rangeley Rd.
Orono, ME 04469 United States

With song and colorful animation it is an adventure to explore a backyard like this one with children’s songwriter, Fred Penner, of Nickelodeon fame. His excitement and love of nature takes visitors on a tour of daytime discovery and then the wonders of the night sky. The changing seasons, rainbows, constellation patterns, planets and moon phases set to music are just a few of the treats in store. From day to night to sunrise, looking at the world and space…

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Out There: The Quest for Extrasolar Worlds

July 16 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Versant Power Astronomy Center, 167 Rangeley Rd.
Orono, ME 04469 United States

For thousands of years, mankind thought that the Earth was the center of the Universe. Thanks to our curiosity, imagination and urge to explore, we now know that planets like our Earth are nothing special in the cosmos. The sun is just one ordinary star among hundreds of billions in our galaxy, the Milky Way. With the world’s most powerful telescopes, we are able to explore more and more of the universe. What we have found so far has surpassed…

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Astronaut

July 16 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 7:00 pm on Friday, repeating until Friday, July 30, 2021

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

The exploration of space is the greatest endeavor that humankind has ever undertaken. What does it take to be part of this incredible journey? What does it take to become an astronaut? Experience a rocket launch from inside the body of an astronaut. Explore the amazing worlds of inner and outer space, from floating around the International Space Station to maneuvering through microscopic regions of the human body. Discover the perils that lurk in space as we subject ‘Chad’, our test…

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Polaris: Mystery of the Polar Night

July 18 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 2:00 pm on Sunday, repeating until Sunday, July 25, 2021

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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U2: The Planetarium Experience

July 18 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 4:00 pm on Sunday, repeating until Sunday, July 25, 2021

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

Experience one of the greatest bands of the last two decades: U2 in the first ever full-dome production featuring their timeless classics and modern hits. The show includes hits like “Where the Streets Have No Name”, “With or Without You”, “Beautiful Day”, “Mysterious Ways” and “Elevation”, and many more all set to stunning fulldome visuals.  A treat for all U2 fans. Tickets are $8 for general admission. Music programs may contain explicit lyrics, and are intended for adult audiences. All…

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Dawn of the Space Age

July 19 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Versant Power Astronomy Center, 167 Rangeley Rd.
Orono, ME 04469 United States

Experience the exciting beginnings of space travel, from the launch of Sputnik 1 to the Apollo landings on the moon, and from the assembly of the International Space Station to the first private space flights. Trace the initial competition of political systems for supremacy in space, and the peaceful collaboration between nations today. Join in the vivid, historically accurate reconstruction of humans' first steps into the cosmos. Learn about the men and women who braved the risks of space travel.…

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Magic Tree House: Space Mission

July 21 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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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The Secrets of Gravity

July 23 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Versant Power Astronomy Center, 167 Rangeley Rd.
Orono, ME 04469 United States

Luke is interested in the universe and its secrets. He is fascinated by the stars, the universe, and the laws of nature. One night, he sneaks into the Albert Einstein Museum where he meets ALBYX3, a small, clever but rather quirky robot who knows all about Albert Einstein and his theories. ALBY takes Luke on a magical journey through space and time during which they uncover the secrets of gravity and learn about friendship and imagination. Tickets for planetarium programs are…

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Polaris: Mystery of the Polar Night

July 25 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 2:00 pm on Sunday, repeating until Sunday, July 25, 2021

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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U2: The Planetarium Experience

July 25 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 4:00 pm on Sunday, repeating until Sunday, July 25, 2021

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

Experience one of the greatest bands of the last two decades: U2 in the first ever full-dome production featuring their timeless classics and modern hits. The show includes hits like “Where the Streets Have No Name”, “With or Without You”, “Beautiful Day”, “Mysterious Ways” and “Elevation”, and many more all set to stunning fulldome visuals.  A treat for all U2 fans. Tickets are $8 for general admission. Music programs may contain explicit lyrics, and are intended for adult audiences. All…

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We Are Stars

July 26 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 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 $6 for Adults, $5 for UMaine Students/Veterans/Senior Citizens, and $4 for children under 12. Click…

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Earth, Moon and Sun

July 30 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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 are…

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Astronaut

July 30 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 7:00 pm on Friday, repeating until Friday, July 30, 2021

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

The exploration of space is the greatest endeavor that humankind has ever undertaken. What does it take to be part of this incredible journey? What does it take to become an astronaut? Experience a rocket launch from inside the body of an astronaut. Explore the amazing worlds of inner and outer space, from floating around the International Space Station to maneuvering through microscopic regions of the human body. Discover the perils that lurk in space as we subject ‘Chad’, our test…

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August 2021

One World, One Sky: Big Bird’s Adventure

August 1 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 2:00 pm on Sunday, repeating until Sunday, August 29, 2021

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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Coldplay: Sky Full of Stars

August 1 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 4:00 pm on Sunday, repeating until Sunday, August 29, 2021

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

"Coldplay: Sky Full of Stars" is an audiovisual experience like no other! Join us at the Versant Power Astronomy Center for a show of dazzling lights and spectacle that will take you on a journey back through the band's greatest hits. Tickets are $8 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…

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Cosmic Colors

August 2 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Versant Power Astronomy Center, 167 Rangeley Rd.
Orono, ME 04469 United States

From northern lights to garden flowers, color fills our lives and “Cosmic Colors” explains how we use the rainbow to see, understand and explore our universe. Visitors learn more about the electromagnetic spectrum, the Northern Lights and get a tour of the night sky. 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 207.581.1341, or at…

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Faster Than Light

August 4 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Versant Power Astronomy Center, 167 Rangeley Rd.
Orono, ME 04469 United States

The impulse to strike out into the unknown, to see what’s over the horizon … is as old as humanity. Today, a whole new horizon beckons.  Astronomers are racing to find habitable worlds, including any that might exist in the neighborhood of our Sun. But if we find one, how will we ever get there? How long will it take? What rocket designs might one day conquer the voids of space? Take a virtual ride aboard spacecraft of the future…

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Áróra: Tales of the Northern Lights

August 6 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Versant Power Astronomy Center, 167 Rangeley Rd.
Orono, ME 04469 United States

An immersive full-dome experience about the exquisite beauty of Auroras. Take a journey across time and space to understand the science behind the phenomena and to experience the stories of our ancestors. Guided by the lullaby of the Dawn Goddess, this cinematic adventure invites the audience to join the dance of these eerie lights over remote Icelandic landscapes, learn why they appear, and explore numerous legends of these incredible phenomena. Tickets for planetarium programs are $6 for Adults, $5 for…

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We Are Astronomers

August 6 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 7:00 pm on Friday, repeating until Friday, August 27, 2021

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

Do you know what an astronomer does? We Are Astronomers reveals the global collaboration, technology and dedication required to answer the unresolved questions of the Universe. See how technologies such as the Large Hadron Collider, the observatories of Chile and the Hubble Space Telescope work and how they are used by teams around the world in this entertaining planetarium show. This show is narrated by former Dr Who star David Tennant and accompanied with music by New Zealand composer Rhian…

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One World, One Sky: Big Bird’s Adventure

August 8 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 2:00 pm on Sunday, repeating until Sunday, August 29, 2021

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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Coldplay: Sky Full of Stars

August 8 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 4:00 pm on Sunday, repeating until Sunday, August 29, 2021

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

"Coldplay: Sky Full of Stars" is an audiovisual experience like no other! Join us at the Versant Power Astronomy Center for a show of dazzling lights and spectacle that will take you on a journey back through the band's greatest hits. Tickets are $8 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…

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One World, One Sky: Big Bird’s Adventure

August 9 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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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From Dream to Discovery: Inside NASA

August 10 @ 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
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One event on Thursday, August 12, 2021 at 3:30 pm

One event on Monday, August 16, 2021 at 3:30 pm

One event on Tuesday, August 17, 2021 at 3:30 pm

One event on Wednesday, August 18, 2021 at 3:30 pm

One event on Thursday, August 19, 2021 at 3:30 pm

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

August welcome events are free and open to all UMaine and UMaine Machias faculty and staff. For more information or to request a reasonable accommodation, write umaine.alerts@maine.edu. 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…

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Lucia: The Secret of Shooting Stars

August 11 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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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From Dream to Discovery: Inside NASA

August 12 @ 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)

One event on Thursday, August 12, 2021 at 3:30 pm

One event on Monday, August 16, 2021 at 3:30 pm

One event on Tuesday, August 17, 2021 at 3:30 pm

One event on Wednesday, August 18, 2021 at 3:30 pm

One event on Thursday, August 19, 2021 at 3:30 pm

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

August welcome events are free and open to all UMaine and UMaine Machias faculty and staff. For more information or to request a reasonable accommodation, write umaine.alerts@maine.edu. 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…

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From Dream to Discovery

August 13 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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 $6 for Adults, $5 for UMaine Students/Veterans/Senior Citizens, and…

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We Are Astronomers

August 13 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 7:00 pm on Friday, repeating until Friday, August 27, 2021

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

Do you know what an astronomer does? We Are Astronomers reveals the global collaboration, technology and dedication required to answer the unresolved questions of the Universe. See how technologies such as the Large Hadron Collider, the observatories of Chile and the Hubble Space Telescope work and how they are used by teams around the world in this entertaining planetarium show. This show is narrated by former Dr Who star David Tennant and accompanied with music by New Zealand composer Rhian…

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Magic Tree House: Space Mission

August 14 @ 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…

Find out more »

Áróra: Tales of the Northern Lights

August 14 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Versant Power Astronomy Center, 167 Rangeley Rd.
Orono, ME 04469 United States

An immersive full-dome experience about the exquisite beauty of Auroras. Take a journey across time and space to understand the science behind the phenomena and to experience the stories of our ancestors. Guided by the lullaby of the Dawn Goddess, this cinematic adventure invites the audience to join the dance of these eerie lights over remote Icelandic landscapes, learn why they appear, and explore numerous legends of these incredible phenomena. Tickets for planetarium programs are $7 for Adults, $6 for…

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Earth, Moon and Sun

August 14 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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 are…

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Habitat Earth

August 14 @ 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Versant Power 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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EXO: Are We Alone?

August 14 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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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Pink Floyd: Dark Side of the Moon

August 14 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 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.…

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Faster Than Light

August 15 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Versant Power Astronomy Center, 167 Rangeley Rd.
Orono, ME 04469 United States

The impulse to strike out into the unknown, to see what’s over the horizon … is as old as humanity. Today, a whole new horizon beckons. Astronomers are racing to find habitable worlds, including any that might exist in the neighborhood of our sun. But if we find one, how will we ever get there? How long will it take? What rocket designs might one day conquer the voids of space? Take a virtual ride aboard spacecraft of the future…

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One World, One Sky: Big Bird’s Adventure

August 15 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 2:00 pm on Sunday, repeating until Sunday, August 29, 2021

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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Coldplay: Sky Full of Stars

August 15 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 4:00 pm on Sunday, repeating until Sunday, August 29, 2021

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

"Coldplay: Sky Full of Stars" is an audiovisual experience like no other! Join us at the Versant Power Astronomy Center for a show of dazzling lights and spectacle that will take you on a journey back through the band's greatest hits. Tickets are $8 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…

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Asteroid: Mission Extreme

August 16 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Versant Power Astronomy Center, 167 Rangeley Rd.
Orono, ME 04469 United States

"Asteroid: Mission Extreme" takes audiences on an epic journey to discover how asteroids are both a danger and an opportunity. The danger lies in the possibility of a cataclysmic collision with Earth; the opportunity is the fascinating idea that asteroids could be stepping stones to other worlds — veritable way stations in space — enabling us to cross the solar system. The challenges are enormous, but a mission so extreme could ultimately lead us to protect our planet and inhabit…

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From Dream to Discovery: Inside NASA

August 16 @ 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
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One event on Thursday, August 12, 2021 at 3:30 pm

One event on Monday, August 16, 2021 at 3:30 pm

One event on Tuesday, August 17, 2021 at 3:30 pm

One event on Wednesday, August 18, 2021 at 3:30 pm

One event on Thursday, August 19, 2021 at 3:30 pm

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

August welcome events are free and open to all UMaine and UMaine Machias faculty and staff. For more information or to request a reasonable accommodation, write umaine.alerts@maine.edu. 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…

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From Dream to Discovery: Inside NASA

August 17 @ 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
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One event on Thursday, August 12, 2021 at 3:30 pm

One event on Monday, August 16, 2021 at 3:30 pm

One event on Tuesday, August 17, 2021 at 3:30 pm

One event on Wednesday, August 18, 2021 at 3:30 pm

One event on Thursday, August 19, 2021 at 3:30 pm

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

August welcome events are free and open to all UMaine and UMaine Machias faculty and staff. For more information or to request a reasonable accommodation, write umaine.alerts@maine.edu. 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…

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The First Stargazers

August 18 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Versant Power Astronomy Center, 167 Rangeley Rd.
Orono, ME 04469 United States

Journey back in time to explore how the first stargazers experienced the sky above. Your guide is Nashira, a friendly time traveler who has visited Earth many times before. Witness the very first stargazer making a moon calendar out of animal bone 30,000 years ago. Discover the ancient pyramids of Giza and their alignment to the skies. See stunning digital re-creations of the Parthenon, Alexandria Library, Stonehenge and Abu Simbel Temple and be inspired by the first stargazers who laid…

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From Dream to Discovery: Inside NASA

August 18 @ 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
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One event on Thursday, August 12, 2021 at 3:30 pm

One event on Monday, August 16, 2021 at 3:30 pm

One event on Tuesday, August 17, 2021 at 3:30 pm

One event on Wednesday, August 18, 2021 at 3:30 pm

One event on Thursday, August 19, 2021 at 3:30 pm

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

August welcome events are free and open to all UMaine and UMaine Machias faculty and staff. For more information or to request a reasonable accommodation, write umaine.alerts@maine.edu. 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…

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From Dream to Discovery: Inside NASA

August 19 @ 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
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One event on Thursday, August 12, 2021 at 3:30 pm

One event on Monday, August 16, 2021 at 3:30 pm

One event on Tuesday, August 17, 2021 at 3:30 pm

One event on Wednesday, August 18, 2021 at 3:30 pm

One event on Thursday, August 19, 2021 at 3:30 pm

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

August welcome events are free and open to all UMaine and UMaine Machias faculty and staff. For more information or to request a reasonable accommodation, write umaine.alerts@maine.edu. 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…

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Polaris: Mystery of the Polar Night

August 20 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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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We Are Astronomers

August 20 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 7:00 pm on Friday, repeating until Friday, August 27, 2021

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

Do you know what an astronomer does? We Are Astronomers reveals the global collaboration, technology and dedication required to answer the unresolved questions of the Universe. See how technologies such as the Large Hadron Collider, the observatories of Chile and the Hubble Space Telescope work and how they are used by teams around the world in this entertaining planetarium show. This show is narrated by former Dr Who star David Tennant and accompanied with music by New Zealand composer Rhian…

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One World, One Sky: Big Bird’s Adventure

August 22 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 2:00 pm on Sunday, repeating until Sunday, August 29, 2021

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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Coldplay: Sky Full of Stars

August 22 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 4:00 pm on Sunday, repeating until Sunday, August 29, 2021

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

"Coldplay: Sky Full of Stars" is an audiovisual experience like no other! Join us at the Versant Power Astronomy Center for a show of dazzling lights and spectacle that will take you on a journey back through the band's greatest hits. Tickets are $8 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…

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Cosmic Recipe

August 23 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Versant Power Astronomy Center, 167 Rangeley Rd.
Orono, ME 04469 United States

The famous astronomer Carl Sagan once said: “If you wish to make an apple pie from scratch, you must first invent the universe.”  Though that may sound crazy, Sagan was onto something big. Want to know what? Pull up a chair at the planetarium’s Periodic Table and learn the cosmic recipes that created everything in our world — even us. Discover how the Big Bang cooked up everyday elements such as the calcium in our teeth, the silicon in our…

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Secret of the Cardboard Rocket

August 25 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Versant Power 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 207.581.1341,…

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We Are Astronomers

August 27 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 7:00 pm on Friday, repeating until Friday, August 27, 2021

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

Do you know what an astronomer does? We Are Astronomers reveals the global collaboration, technology and dedication required to answer the unresolved questions of the Universe. See how technologies such as the Large Hadron Collider, the observatories of Chile and the Hubble Space Telescope work and how they are used by teams around the world in this entertaining planetarium show. This show is narrated by former Dr Who star David Tennant and accompanied with music by New Zealand composer Rhian…

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Coldplay: A Sky Full of Stars

August 27 @ 9:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Versant Power Astronomy Center, 167 Rangeley Rd.
Orono, ME 04469 United States

Using the cutting-edge capabilities of the planetarium, "Coldplay: A Sky Full of Stars" fuses the sounds of energetic rock with stunning and inventive visuals. This musical experience engages audiences in a sensory journey full of innovation, artistry, and imagination set to the pulsating soundtrack of an internationally renowned band. Featuring songs such as "Speed of Sound," "Clocks," "Paradise," "Viva la Vida" and many other hits this show will thrill Coldplay fans. Tickets are $9 for general admission. Music programs may…

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EXO: Are We Alone?

August 28 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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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Dream to Fly

August 28 @ 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Versant Power Astronomy Center, 167 Rangeley Rd.
Orono, ME 04469 United States

Have you ever dreamt you were flying? Have you ever thought how wonderful would it be to fly free as a bird?  Discover the mystery of flight with Leonardo da Vinci, Montgolfier brothers, Wright brothers and other inventors. Experience the adventure with powerful images and music, an immense and challenging dream, for which mankind has strived since the beginning of history. "Dream to Fly" explores the history of flight and its most important milestones on our route to conquering the…

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Black Holes

August 28 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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 calendar. Tickets may be purchased online, by phone…

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Asteroid: Mission Extreme

August 29 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Versant Power Astronomy Center, 167 Rangeley Rd.
Orono, ME 04469 United States

"Asteroid: Mission Extreme" takes audiences on an epic journey to discover how asteroids are both a danger and an opportunity. The danger lies in the possibility of a cataclysmic collision with Earth; the opportunity is the fascinating idea that asteroids could be stepping stones to other worlds — veritable way stations in space — enabling us to cross the solar system. The challenges are enormous, but a mission so extreme could ultimately lead us to protect our planet and inhabit…

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One World, One Sky: Big Bird’s Adventure

August 29 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 2:00 pm on Sunday, repeating until Sunday, August 29, 2021

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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Coldplay: Sky Full of Stars

August 29 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 4:00 pm on Sunday, repeating until Sunday, August 29, 2021

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

"Coldplay: Sky Full of Stars" is an audiovisual experience like no other! Join us at the Versant Power Astronomy Center for a show of dazzling lights and spectacle that will take you on a journey back through the band's greatest hits. Tickets are $8 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…

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Earth, Moon and Sun

August 30 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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 are…

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September 2021

Expedition Reef

September 3 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 7:00 pm on Friday, repeating until Friday, September 24, 2021

Versant Power 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% 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 fragile…

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Legends of the Night Sky: Perseus and Andromeda

September 5 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 2:00 pm on Sunday, repeating until Sunday, September 26, 2021

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

"Perseus and Andromeda" is a fun-filled retelling of the tale of the beautiful but unfortunate princess Andromeda who, in divine punishment for her mother’s bragging, is sacrificed to a sea monster — and rescued by the Greek hero Perseus. 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 207.581.1341, or at the Versant Power Astronomy Center…

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Pink Floyd: Wish You Were Here

September 5 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 4:00 pm on Sunday, repeating until Sunday, September 26, 2021

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

The album "Wish You Were Here," is Pink Floyd's second themed work featuring classic songs such as "Shine On You Crazy Diamond" with its nine-part opus, "Have a Cigar," "Welcome to the Machine," and the title track, "Wish You Were Here." It has been consistently ranked as being among the best albums of all time by a variety of sources. Check out this incredible work set to stunning psychedelic full-dome visuals. Tickets are $9 for general admission. Music programs may…

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Science Lecture Series: Dr. Paul A. Mayewski — Pushing Climate Change Research to the Roof of the World

September 9 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Versant Power Astronomy Center, 167 Rangeley Rd.
Orono, ME 04469 United States

In April/May 2019 the National Geographic and Rolex Perpetual Planet Everest Expedition undertook the most comprehensive scientific expedition conducted on Mt. Everest. The international team led by Dr. Mayewski set significant scientific records including the highest automatic weather stations and the highest ice core on Earth. The expedition resulted in many new findings that reveal key information about the highest reaches of our planet. He will discuss some of the findings, their significance on climate research, and what it is…

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Expedition Reef

September 10 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 7:00 pm on Friday, repeating until Friday, September 24, 2021

Versant Power 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% 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 fragile…

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Legends of the Night Sky: Perseus and Andromeda

September 12 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 2:00 pm on Sunday, repeating until Sunday, September 26, 2021

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

"Perseus and Andromeda" is a fun-filled retelling of the tale of the beautiful but unfortunate princess Andromeda who, in divine punishment for her mother’s bragging, is sacrificed to a sea monster — and rescued by the Greek hero Perseus. 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 207.581.1341, or at the Versant Power Astronomy Center…

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Pink Floyd: Wish You Were Here

September 12 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 4:00 pm on Sunday, repeating until Sunday, September 26, 2021

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

The album "Wish You Were Here," is Pink Floyd's second themed work featuring classic songs such as "Shine On You Crazy Diamond" with its nine-part opus, "Have a Cigar," "Welcome to the Machine," and the title track, "Wish You Were Here." It has been consistently ranked as being among the best albums of all time by a variety of sources. Check out this incredible work set to stunning psychedelic full-dome visuals. Tickets are $9 for general admission. Music programs may…

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Expedition Reef

September 17 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 7:00 pm on Friday, repeating until Friday, September 24, 2021

Versant Power 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% 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 fragile…

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Legends of the Night Sky: Perseus and Andromeda

September 19 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 2:00 pm on Sunday, repeating until Sunday, September 26, 2021

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

"Perseus and Andromeda" is a fun-filled retelling of the tale of the beautiful but unfortunate princess Andromeda who, in divine punishment for her mother’s bragging, is sacrificed to a sea monster — and rescued by the Greek hero Perseus. 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 207.581.1341, or at the Versant Power Astronomy Center…

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Pink Floyd: Wish You Were Here

September 19 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 4:00 pm on Sunday, repeating until Sunday, September 26, 2021

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

The album "Wish You Were Here," is Pink Floyd's second themed work featuring classic songs such as "Shine On You Crazy Diamond" with its nine-part opus, "Have a Cigar," "Welcome to the Machine," and the title track, "Wish You Were Here." It has been consistently ranked as being among the best albums of all time by a variety of sources. Check out this incredible work set to stunning psychedelic full-dome visuals. Tickets are $9 for general admission. Music programs may…

Find out more »

Expedition Reef

September 24 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 7:00 pm on Friday, repeating until Friday, September 24, 2021

Versant Power 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% 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 fragile…

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From Dream to Discovery

September 25 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
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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Phantom of the Universe

September 25 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Versant Power Astronomy Center, 167 Rangeley Rd.
Orono, ME 04469 United States

From the journey of protons racing through the world’s largest particle collider to up-close views of the Big Bang and emergent universe, and the nearly mile-deep descent to an underground experiment, "Phantom of the Universe" immerses audiences in the search for dark matter. Explore this mysterious matter and how we are using discoveries at the Large Hadron Collider to get closer to discovering the true nature of Dark Matter. View the first hints of its existence through the eyes of Fritz…

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Habitat Earth

September 25 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Versant Power 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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Astronaut

September 25 @ 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Versant Power Astronomy Center, 167 Rangeley Rd.
Orono, ME 04469 United States

The exploration of space is the greatest endeavor that humankind has ever undertaken. What does it take to be part of this incredible journey? What does it take to become an astronaut? Experience a rocket launch from inside the body of an astronaut. Explore the amazing worlds of inner and outer space, from floating around the International Space Station to maneuvering through microscopic regions of the human body. Discover the perils that lurk in space as we subject "Chad," our…

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Black Holes

September 25 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
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 calendar. Tickets may be purchased online, by phone…

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The Sun — Our Living Star

September 26 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Versant Power Astronomy Center, 167 Rangeley Rd.
Orono, ME 04469 United States

The sun has shone on our world for four and a half billion years. The light that warms our skin today has been felt by every person who has ever lived. It is our nearest star and our planet’s powerhouse, the source of the energy that drives our winds, our weather and all life. The passage of the Sun’s fiery disc across the sky — day by day, month by month — was the only way to keep track of…

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Legends of the Night Sky: Perseus and Andromeda

September 26 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 2:00 pm on Sunday, repeating until Sunday, September 26, 2021

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

"Perseus and Andromeda" is a fun-filled retelling of the tale of the beautiful but unfortunate princess Andromeda who, in divine punishment for her mother’s bragging, is sacrificed to a sea monster — and rescued by the Greek hero Perseus. 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 207.581.1341, or at the Versant Power Astronomy Center…

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Pink Floyd: Wish You Were Here

September 26 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 4:00 pm on Sunday, repeating until Sunday, September 26, 2021

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

The album "Wish You Were Here," is Pink Floyd's second themed work featuring classic songs such as "Shine On You Crazy Diamond" with its nine-part opus, "Have a Cigar," "Welcome to the Machine," and the title track, "Wish You Were Here." It has been consistently ranked as being among the best albums of all time by a variety of sources. Check out this incredible work set to stunning psychedelic full-dome visuals. Tickets are $9 for general admission. Music programs may…

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October 2021

Climate Change in Our Backyard

October 1 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 7:00 pm on Friday, repeating until Friday, October 29, 2021

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

As humans develop a much larger picture about our Earth as a whole, we are beginning to see it as a complex, interconnected, remarkable world, and one that people have impacted directly. Explore the role of carbon dioxide in our atmosphere, the natural temperature variations that the Earth has experienced over millions of years, and how humans are affecting our planet today. Tickets for planetarium programs are $7 for Adults, $6 for UMaine Students/Veterans/Senior Citizens, and $5 for children under…

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Halloween: Celestial Origins

October 3 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 2:00 pm on Sunday, repeating until Sunday, October 31, 2021

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

Vampires, witches, goblins, and other spooky creatures. What do you associate with Halloween? Trick-or-Treating, costumes, or something more … Be it ghoulish or ghostly, Halloween is an astronomical holiday. Experience the history of Halloween and how it fits into the seasons as a “cross-quarter day.” From Celtic roots around the harvest and bonfires to modern celebrations, see why the night is celebrated as one of spirits from beyond and sweet treats. See how Samhain and All Saints Day would eventually…

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The Beatles: A Day in the Planetarium

October 3 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 4:00 pm on Sunday, repeating until Sunday, October 31, 2021

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

"The Beatles: A Day in the Planetarium" features a dazzling display of lights paired with music from the legendary band. Join us for an hour-long magical tour through a selection of their greatest hits, including songs like A Hard Day's Night, Come Together, A Day in the Life, Yellow Submarine, and more. Journey across the universe without having to leave your seat, here at the Versant Power Astronomy Center. Tickets are $9 for general admission. Music programs may contain explicit…

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Climate Change in Our Backyard

October 8 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 7:00 pm on Friday, repeating until Friday, October 29, 2021

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

As humans develop a much larger picture about our Earth as a whole, we are beginning to see it as a complex, interconnected, remarkable world, and one that people have impacted directly. Explore the role of carbon dioxide in our atmosphere, the natural temperature variations that the Earth has experienced over millions of years, and how humans are affecting our planet today. Tickets for planetarium programs are $7 for Adults, $6 for UMaine Students/Veterans/Senior Citizens, and $5 for children under…

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Halloween: Celestial Origins

October 10 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 2:00 pm on Sunday, repeating until Sunday, October 31, 2021

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

Vampires, witches, goblins, and other spooky creatures. What do you associate with Halloween? Trick-or-Treating, costumes, or something more … Be it ghoulish or ghostly, Halloween is an astronomical holiday. Experience the history of Halloween and how it fits into the seasons as a “cross-quarter day.” From Celtic roots around the harvest and bonfires to modern celebrations, see why the night is celebrated as one of spirits from beyond and sweet treats. See how Samhain and All Saints Day would eventually…

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The Beatles: A Day in the Planetarium

October 10 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 4:00 pm on Sunday, repeating until Sunday, October 31, 2021

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

"The Beatles: A Day in the Planetarium" features a dazzling display of lights paired with music from the legendary band. Join us for an hour-long magical tour through a selection of their greatest hits, including songs like A Hard Day's Night, Come Together, A Day in the Life, Yellow Submarine, and more. Journey across the universe without having to leave your seat, here at the Versant Power Astronomy Center. Tickets are $9 for general admission. Music programs may contain explicit…

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Magic Tree House: Space Mission

October 12 @ 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…

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Science Lecture Series: Dr. Neil Comins

October 14 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Versant Power Astronomy Center, 167 Rangeley Rd.
Orono, ME 04469 United States

  Dr. Neil Comins will present "What if the Moon Didn't Exist?" The moon is a vibrant part of our lives and has been celebrated for centuries in art, literature and of course, science. We find it easily at night and if we look hard enough, also during the day. Most people have learned that it contributes to our tides and that it has been the goal of spaceflights since the late 1950s.  What would the Earth be like today…

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Climate Change in Our Backyard

October 15 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 7:00 pm on Friday, repeating until Friday, October 29, 2021

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

As humans develop a much larger picture about our Earth as a whole, we are beginning to see it as a complex, interconnected, remarkable world, and one that people have impacted directly. Explore the role of carbon dioxide in our atmosphere, the natural temperature variations that the Earth has experienced over millions of years, and how humans are affecting our planet today. Tickets for planetarium programs are $7 for Adults, $6 for UMaine Students/Veterans/Senior Citizens, and $5 for children under…

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Halloween: Celestial Origins

October 17 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 2:00 pm on Sunday, repeating until Sunday, October 31, 2021

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

Vampires, witches, goblins, and other spooky creatures. What do you associate with Halloween? Trick-or-Treating, costumes, or something more … Be it ghoulish or ghostly, Halloween is an astronomical holiday. Experience the history of Halloween and how it fits into the seasons as a “cross-quarter day.” From Celtic roots around the harvest and bonfires to modern celebrations, see why the night is celebrated as one of spirits from beyond and sweet treats. See how Samhain and All Saints Day would eventually…

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The Beatles: A Day in the Planetarium

October 17 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 4:00 pm on Sunday, repeating until Sunday, October 31, 2021

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

"The Beatles: A Day in the Planetarium" features a dazzling display of lights paired with music from the legendary band. Join us for an hour-long magical tour through a selection of their greatest hits, including songs like A Hard Day's Night, Come Together, A Day in the Life, Yellow Submarine, and more. Journey across the universe without having to leave your seat, here at the Versant Power Astronomy Center. Tickets are $9 for general admission. Music programs may contain explicit…

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