The Angelo State University Planetarium will present two full-dome public astronomy shows during its late spring 2018 schedule beginning Thursday, March 22, in the Vincent Building, 2333 Vanderventer St.
Each Thursday from March 22 through May 10, “Stars of the Pharaohs” will run at 7 p.m. and “Natural Selection” will run at 8 p.m. All the shows are open to the public with admission prices of $3 for adults and $2 for children, active military and senior citizens. ASU students, faculty and staff are admitted free.
“Stars of the Pharaohs” takes audiences on a journey to ancient Egypt to see how science was used to tell time, make a workable calendar and align huge buildings. Audiences will learn about the connection the ancient Egyptians felt with the stars and various astronomical phenomena, and will experience some of the most spectacular temples and tombs of the ancient world recreated in their entire original splendor.
“Natural Selection” was produced to help celebrate the 150th anniversary of the publication of “On the Origin of Species” and the 200th anniversary of Charles Darwin’s birth. Audiences will join Darwin on his voyage with the HMS Beagle to the Galapagos Islands, where he was inspired to develop his later theory of transmutation by natural selection. From the comfort of Down House in Kent, England, Darwin himself will explain the mechanism of natural selection to the audience and support it by showing many beautiful examples in nature.