Hallstrom Planetarium Celebrates 30 Years, Announces New ‘Starlight Series’

Hallstrom Planetarium Celebrates 30 Years, Announces New ‘Starlight Series’

August 31, 2022 Robert Lane

FORT PIERCE, FL—The Hallstrom Planetarium at Indian River State College (CIHR) Announces 2022-2023 “Starlight Series” Season, Continues Popular “KID SPACE,” Shares Unique STEAM Science Lecture Series, Technology, Engineering and Art, and Math (STEAM), and celebrates 30 years of sharing the stars under the planetarium dome.

Starlight Series shows are presented Fridays at 7 and 8:30 p.m. and Saturdays at 1 and 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $5 unless otherwise specified. Here are the shows for this season:

“Red Planet Rising” on October 7, 8, 21, 22 and November 4, 5
Find out all about Mars, the red planet, and our plans to get there. Mars is visible in the late fall 2022 evening sky.

“Star of Wonder – 30th Anniversary” December 2, 3, 9, 10
What was the mysterious star that guided the Magi? Could it have been a comet, a meteor or a supernova? How could an astronomer explain it? Find out as we take the Planetarium back in time over 2,000 years ago to recreate the skies of Judea. Star of Wonder has been a family vacation tradition since 1993.

“End of year celebrations” Saturday 17 December, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.
Enjoy a live concert “under the stars” featuring holiday tunes with electronic music from world-renowned composer and artist Jonn Serrie. Tickets are $15.

“MARS Watch – See the Red Planet!” December 9, 17 and January 13, 14, 28
Mars is in opposition on December 8, 2022, when Earth passes it about 40 million kilometers past it. We will then be closest to him, and he will appear in his greatest and brightest! Members of the Treasure Coast Astronomical Society (treasurecoastastronomy.org) will host guided views of Mars and its features at the Hallstrom Planetarium, weather permitting. These events are FREE and open to the public.

“Songs from Space, The Musical!” February 10, 11, 24, 25 and March 10, 11
Join science teachers, students, and the rest of the public in singing space songs as everyone prepares for the next big science exam. Use music to master topics!

“Onward to the Moon”, April 21, 22 and May 12, 13, 26, 27
No one has walked on the moon – our closest neighbor – since December 1972. It’s time to come back. Learn about the work done by NASA and independent contractors to build and launch astronauts to the Moon as part of Project Artemis.

These 45-minute “STEAM” (science, technology, engineering and math) presentations are free and open to the public on Saturdays at 6:00 p.m.:

Open House and a Year Full of Stars, October 1, 6:00-9:00 p.m.
Join Planetarium Director Jon U. Bell for a sneak peek into a new season of planetarium shows and awe-inspiring celestial events in Florida. Discover the new Planetarium gift shop during our official opening.

“Astronomy Day and NASA Update” January 28, 3:00-9:00 p.m.
Listen to Russell Romanella, former Director of Safety and Mission Assurance for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) at the John F. Kennedy Space Center in Florida, discuss NASA, the space program, and space exploration. the Universe. The Treasure Coast Astronomical Society will offer exhibits with telescopes, family-friendly activities and guided sky views after the presentation, weather permitting.

“The Friendly Robot – The Modern Planetarium” March 25, 6:00 p.m.
The CIHR Planetarium Projector turns 30 in March 2023. Learn about this modern marvel and learn how it works in this talk from Planetarium Director Jon U. Bell.

“Pythagoras and the music of the spheres” June 10, 6:00 p.m.
Attend this talk presented by CIHR Mathematics Instructor Dr. Michael Reynolds to learn more about the interconnections between math, music and science.

The popular “Kid Space” series, for children ages four to 12 at 11:00 a.m., is offered on select Saturdays. All adults must be accompanied by at least one child. Shows are scheduled for October 8 and 22, November 5, December 3 and 10, February 11 and 25, March 11, April 22, May 13 and 27.

Planetarium shows “Starlight Series”, “Saturday Afternoon STEAM Talks” and “KID SPACE” are presented at CIHR Hallstrom Planetarium. The planetarium features an immersive 360-degree OmniStar digital projection system and a state-of-the-art Spitz automated planetarium projector used to recreate the sky, sun, moon and planets among the stars on the domed ceiling 40 feet during planetarium shows. Visit www.irsc.edu for a complete schedule.

Planetarium shows are recommended for adults and children over 10 years old. The air temperature is maintained at 72 degrees. Guests may wish to bring a sweater or light jacket.

Most planetarium shows are $5 and tickets can be purchased online or at the box office located in the lobby of the McAlpin Fine Arts Center on the CIHR Massey campus at 3209 Virginia Avenue in Fort Pierce, Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. a.m. to 3 p.m., or by phone. . Call the McAlpin Center for Fine Arts box office at 1-800-220-9915 to reserve seats.

Arline J. Mercier