The Mayborn Planetarium and Space Theater now offers weekday matinee shows Monday through Thursday during the summer. Show times are 1, 2 and 3 p.m. Matinee tickets are $4 per person, per show. The shows are free for Planetarium members.
The week of June 17, the Monday/Wednesday show lineup features the full-dome shows “Zula Patrol: Under the Weather” at 1 p.m. In this show, the heroes of the Zula Patrol are on an expedition collecting samples of weather for scientist Multo’s research using their loyal pet Gorga’s ability to collect and bottle all kinds of weather. Interplanetary villain Dark Truder tricks Gorga into stealing the weather from other planets as part of his latest scheme to rule the universe. The gang set out after Gorga to bring him home and in the process learn all about weather, both terrestrial and interplanetary.
At 2 p.m. is the story of an average yellow star in search for planets of its own to protect and warm in “The Little Star That Could.” Along the way, our little star meets other stars, learns what makes each star special and discovers how stars combine to form star clusters and galaxies. Each planet is introduced with basic information about our solar system. This fun show helps us all to feel special, just like this average little star.
“The Secret of the Cardboard Rocket” is at 3 p.m. Climb aboard a magical cardboard rocket with two young adventurers and experience a breathtaking, up-close look at each of our solar system’s planets with guidance from a wise astronomy book. With “Book,” as their guide, the travelers seek to visit the sun, the eight planets and Pluto. They land on Venus, Mars and Pluto, then fly through the Great Red Spot on Jupiter and view the other planets and the sun from close vantage points. As they tour the solar system, “Book” relays interesting facts about each body, making sure his students learn something on their wild ride.
Matinee shows on Tuesday/Thursday are Zula Patrol: Down To Earth” at 1 p.m. A routine fossil-hunting mission launches the Zula Patrol on a rollicking ride into Earth’s past! When the gang discovers the villainous Deliria Delight has been traveling back in time to illegally dump her company’s toxic trash, they must find and catch her before her actions cause catastrophic consequences. In the process, our heroes learn all about the formation and development of Earth and the life forms who call it home.
“Legends of the Night Sky: Perseus and Andromeda” follows at 2 p.m. Based on constellations viewed in fall sky, “Perseus and Andromeda” is a story filled with humorous and exciting characters including Perseus the mighty warrior, Pegasus the winged horse, Cetus the sea monster and the fearsome monster Medusa. This entertaining tale is designed to engage young students and stimulate their interest in learning about the night sky.
At 3 p.m. is IBEX: Search for the Edge of the Solar System.” The show follows the creation of NASA’s Interstellar Boundary Explorer (IBEX). Get an in-depth look at the mission and how IBEX is collecting high-speed atoms to create a map of our solar system’s boundary as you join scientists investigating the boundary between our solar system and the rest of our galaxy. Narrated by two inquisitive teenagers, audiences will hear from the scientists and engineers that developed the IBEX mission and created the spacecraft and get the latest updates on the mission’s discoveries.
A new lineup of shows will be offered each week and can be viewed online at http://www.starsatnight.org or by calling 254-526-1800. Directions to the Planetarium, membership information, show descriptions and more are also available online.