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Fleet starts daily planetarium show

Don’t go unless you’re willing to leave feeling very, very small. Even if your name is Bill Walton.

The Reuben H. Fleet Science Center’s new digital planetarium show “Black Holes: The Other Side of Infinity,” takes audiences on an immersive journey to explore event horizons, red supergiant stars, and a supermassive black hole deep in the middle of our Milky Way galaxy.

 

Black Hole

Visualization of a black hole in the Milky Way

Galaxies

Colliding galaxies

It’s a lot to digest if you rarely take the time to think about stars 20 times the mass of the sun or areas of our galaxy 30,000 light years away. You can’t help but surrender your mind to a world of mystery, force, and unimaginable size.

It all goes down in the Fleet’s Heikoff Dome Theatre – a 76-foot theatre that boasts a new state-of-the-art projection system. Announced last month, the new GSX system combines the power and resolution of four Sony 4K resolution cinema grade projectors to create a vibrant display across the full dome.

In addition to revealing cosmic phenomena, the digital system will be used to extend programming to a wider range of formats and experiences, including live-streamed events and music.

Prior to last night’s “Black Holes” screening, the Fleet showed a preview of “Rock on Demand,” a new musical experience involving rock music and trippy full-screen images of swirling colors and animated dancing hammers (I tried to find a screenshot but sorry – no luck!) The rock shows are slated to begin in March.

If we can’t control the universe or comprehend infinite density, we might as well enjoy dancing hammers on-demand.

Showtimes in February for “Black Holes: The Other Side of Infinity” in the Heikoff Dome Theater are Monday through Thursday at 3pm and Friday, Saturday, and Sunday at 3pm and 6pm.  Tickets, which include admission to the digital Planetarium show and access to all exhibit galleries, are $15.75 for adults and $12.75 for children and seniors.  For more information, visit the Fleet’s website.

--Maren Dougherty