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Night Vision: Exotic Moons

October 6th, 2015

Often, too often, we gaze in wonder at the planets of our solar system while overlooking their nearby Moons, which often are more exotic and more alien than the planets themselves.

Research of our solar system has shown and helped us to better understand the alien surfaces and makeups of Moons like Saturn’s Enceladus and Titan, and Jupiter’s Ganymede, the only known Moon in the solar system to have a magnetosphere.

Join us for Night Vision: Exotic Moons to explore the neighbors of the planets that awe and inspire us.

Night Vision: Exotic Moons is hosted on Thursday evening, October 15th, and Saturday evening, October 17th, in the Hansen Dome Theatre at 6:45pm. Tickets available online or at the Clark Planetarium ticket desk. Free for members and $2 for everyone else.

Night Vision: The Lives of Stars

October 1st, 2015

Ever look up at the sky at night and just get lost in everything? The sheer number of stars we see can be overwhelming.  Where did those stars come from and what are they? Cultures throughout time spent countless nights pondering the same thing.  Only in the last hundred years we are beginning to understand what they truly are and what they mean.

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“The Wall” Returns to Clark Planetarium

October 1st, 2015

Pink Floyd's classic returns!

Pink Floyd’s classic returns!

Pink Floyd’s “Dark Side of the Moon” album has been popular in planetariums as music and visual art since the 1970′s, and we run it all year round on Friday and Saturday nights… except for the weeks leading up to Halloween, when we replace it with one of Floyd’s other most popular works – “The Wall!”

“The Wall” is the perfect show to experience in October. Haunted houses might be spooky fun for little kids, but what’s more terrifying than themes of abandonment, personal isolation, and self-loathing? Ghosts and goblins aren’t so scary when compared to the harsh realities of a tortured rock star trying to find his place in a cruel and unforgiving world. The show isn’t all doom and gloom however, it’s also got lasers and pretty lights! It’s like a mental struggle for sanity as told by music and digital art.

In the days of “laser shows,” The Wall was choreographed exclusively with laser imagery. But now we can add other visual dimensions to the show. Fulldome immersive animation, concert lighting effects, and live performed visual elements make this timeless classic come alive in ways never before experienced.

Pink Floyd - The Wall

Pink Floyd’s “The Wall” has been updated from previous years with new imagery and live-performance elements. Starting October 2nd it becomes the planetarium’s new “late show,” 11pm on Friday and Saturday nights, with the final showing on October 31st – Halloween night! ”Pink Floyd: Dark Side of the Moon” will return in those time slots on Friday, November 6th.

One of the unique elements to experiencing “The Wall” in our Dome is the sound! The soundtrack, already digitally remastered, is remixed for the Hansen Dome Theatre’s 13,000-watt 5.1 surround sound system. You’ve never heard “The Wall” like this!

Due to its mature theme, “The Wall” is not recommended for children under 14.  Parental discretion is advised.