Activities & Special Night Vision Presentation | Worlds Without End: The Amazing Variety of Alien Planets

Special Guest

Clark Planetarium invites the general public, animation and gaming students, and the general public to join us for a fun afternoon and evening of free and low-cost activities on March 25th, 2016. You’ll already be in Downtown Salt Lake City for the “main event” and it’s just a hop, skip, and a jump away from the Salt Palace Convention Center to the Planetarium, so you won’t want to miss this.

We’re hosting a FREE play-test of our newest animated games, $5 photo shoots for cosplayers on the Moon, and of course, a special edition of Night Vision hosted by exoplanets expert, Dr. Jason Steffen.


Over the last twenty years the field of exoplanet research has uncovered a large variety of distant, alien planets. Most of these planets have properties unlike any planet in our solar system.

Our special guest speaker, Dr. Jason Steffen, will discuss several key examples of these planets and give insights into how they may have formed and evolved, what we learn from them, and what this information tells us about ourselves and our Earth.

About Dr. Steffen

Dr. Steffen has been a member of the science team for NASA’s Kepler mission since 2008.  A native of Utah, He received his BS in Physics and Mathematics from Weber State University and his MS and Ph.D. in Physics from the University of Washington, Seattle.  Dr. Steffen spent a decade as the Brinson Fellow at Fermilab and the Lindheimer Fellow at Northwestern University, both near Chicago.  He recently moved back West and is an Assistant Professor of Physics at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

We welcome the public to join us for this special presentation of Night Vision. Tickets are just $2 for the general public and free for members. Purchase your tickets here. Please note when purchasing your tickets to select the Friday evening edition of Night Vision.

Cosplayers who come to Dr. Steffen’s presentation in costume will receive a $1 discount on their own ticket, making this edition of Night Vision just $1. Night Vision begins at 6:45pm in the Hansen Dome Theatre.

But…if you’re an animation student or a member of the public who just happens to love video games and fun stuff, come at 4:00pm and get a chance to play-test one of our new video game exhibits and learn from the animators themselves just what makes these games so cool and so spacetastic!

We’ll also be announcing our Second Annual “Get Animated!” contest, and if you’re on site for this event you’ll be the FIRST to know about it and get a jump on developing your entries.

But hey, wait. That’s not all. If you’re a cosplayer, you can come to the planetarium between 3:30pm and 6:30pm and make a $5 donation to help with our educational programs and outreach and we’ll take a photo for you on the Moon.

What you need to know about photo time on the Moon:

- $5 donation per person.
- Each cosplay group gets 3 shots taken by our photographer.
- We will make your photos available on FlickR by March 31, 2016.
- Your photo will be provided online both untouched and with a super cool graphic frame marking the occasion.
- Our Moonscape is going away (yes, permanently!) in early August 2016 to make way for a whole new alien world! So this may be your last chance to get a great cosplay shoot on the Moon!
- This is a time-limited event; we will cut off ticket sales by 6:00pm.
- On site ticket sales will occur beginning at 10:30am on March 25th. You can RSVP to help us figure out how many people are coming and to ensure that we’re prepped to serve everybody.

This is an exciting day to get to know all different types of alien worlds at Clark Planetarium in a variety of different ways. We hope to see you there!

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