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BC Planetarium Show- Two Small Pieces of Glass
April 15 @ 8:00 pm – 8:30 pm EDT
400 years ago, a simple adjustment to a child’s spyglass revealed for the first time an infinite and perplexing universe to your eyes and imaginations. Join us today, as the world’s great telescopes, born of that serendipitous moment, gaze ever further into the distant past — and into our future. While attending a local star party, two teenage students learn how the telescope has helped us understand our place in space and how telescopes continue to expand our understanding of the Universe. Their conversation with a local female astronomer enlightens them on the history of the telescope and the discoveries these wonderful tools have made. The students see how telescopes work and how the largest observatories in the world use these instruments to explore the mysteries of the universe. While looking through the astronomer’s telescope, the students, along with the planetarium audience, explore the Galilean Moons, Saturn’s rings, and spiral structure of galaxies. During their conversation with the astronomer, they also learn about the discoveries of Galileo, Huygens, Newton, Hubble and many others.
There will be a short sky talk after the show.
Due to COVID-19, masks are still required in the planetarium, and the shows are only open to the campus community at this time and not to the public. The shows are free of charge and no RSVP is necessary.