Hallstrom Planetarium Performances at Indian River State College, Fort Pierce

Look through telescopes and explore space in the only planetarium on the Treasure Coast.

The Hallstrom Planetarium To Indian River State College Fort Pierce launches its new season in October with its “Starlight Series” shows, STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, math) conferences, its “Kid Space” series and Astronomy Day.

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.

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Scott Hughes, of Vero Beach, looks through one of the many telescopes pointed at the sun as dozens of people gathered outside the Hallstrom Planetarium at Indian River State College in Fort Pierce on May 9, 2016 to observe the planet Mercury during its transition through the sun.  CIHR is hosting a Solar Eclipse Viewing Party on August 21, 2017 to allow people to safely watch the event.

Starlight Series

The Starlight Series shows start at 7:00 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. on Friday and at 1:00 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. on Saturday. They are recommended for adults and children 10 years and older. The air temperature is kept at 72 degrees, so bring a sweater or a light jacket.

Most planetarium shows cost $ 5. Tickets are available at the McAlpin Art Center box office, 3209 Virginia Ave., Fort Pierce, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday, or by calling 800-220-9915 or online at irsc.edu.

Saturn, jewel of the heavens: 22-23 Oct and 19-20 Nov

  • This fall, Saturn will be visible in the evening sky. Celebrate the planet as the display showcases its mysterious rings, ice moons, and largest moon, Titan, with lakes of liquid nitrogen.

Star of wonder: 3-4 Dec and 10-11 Dec.

  • Who was the mysterious star that guided the mages? Could it be a comet, a meteor or a supernova? How could an astronomer explain it? Find out as the planetarium travels in time over more than 2,000 years to recreate the skies of Judea. This popular presentation has been a family vacation tradition since 1993.

The planets: January 7-8, February 11-12, March 4-5

  • In a recorded narration, Kate Mulgrew – famous for her roles in “Star Trek: Voyager” and “Orange is the New Black” – leads a grand tour of the solar system. Explore the surface of Mars, the dangers of the asteroid belt, the cold rings of stormy gas planets, and features of other solar systems.

Star Girl: April 8-9, May 13-14, June 10-11

  • Enjoy a tale of Native American stories about the sky and its stars. History and folklore combine for a unique storytelling event that seeks to explain the natural world from the appearance of the bright star Arcturus to the nature of the Milky Way to the origins of Earth, moon and sun .
Nearly 3,000 people enjoyed the partial solar eclipse at Indian River State College, some at the Hallstrom Planetarium, according to Jon Bell, director of the planetarium, on Monday, August 21, 2017 in Fort Pierce.  The planetarium screened NASA's live stream of the solar eclipse across the country, while hundreds of people watched the eclipse from the courtyard outside, using eclipse glasses, from home-made telescopes and observation boxes.

Afternoon STEAM Lectures

Afternoon STEAM Lectures are free 45-minute presentations on specific topics:

The Secret Life of Fish: 6 p.m. November 6

  • Learn about coral reefs and the behavior of reef fish as Dr.William Tyler, professor of biological sciences at CIHR, shares his experiences gained during years of studying the marine environment of the Florida. Hear a marine biologist’s take on ‘Finding Nemo’: What’s Right and What’s Wrong in the Movie.

From the Big Bang to puppies, the history of chemistry: 6 p.m. January 22

  • CIHR Professor of Chemistry, Dr. Paul Horton, dynamically demonstrates the interplay of elements and compounds in an exciting presentation.
Nearly 3,000 people enjoyed the August 21 partial solar eclipse from the Hallstrom Planetarium at Indian River State College.  Its free open doors are from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturdays.

Child area

The “Kid Space” series is aimed at children from 4 to 12 years old. It is offered at 11 a.m. on Saturdays: Oct 23, Nov 20, Dec 4, Dec 11, Jan 8, Feb 12, Mar 5, April 9, May 14 and June 11. All adults must be accompanied by at least one child.

Astronomy day

Join Treasure Coast Astronomical Society 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. on February 5 for Astronomy Day, a free open house with telescopes, speakers, handouts, mini planetarium shows, and guided sky views, weather permitting .

At 16, Russel romanella, former director of security and mission assurance for the National Administration of Space and Aeronautics at the John F. Kennedy Space Center, discusses NASA, the space program and the exploration of the universe.

Laurie K. Blandford is TCPalm’s entertainment journalist and columnist dedicated to finding the best things to do on the Treasure Coast. Follow her on Twitter @TCPalmLaurie and Facebook @TCPalmLaurie. Email him at [email protected]. Subscribe to her weekly newsletter What to do in 772 at profile.tcpalm.com/newsletters/manage.

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