Southworth Planetarium January 2022 Show Schedule

PORTLAND — The Southworth Planetarium will host a number of shows during the month of January. The planetarium is located at 70 Falmouth Street. To learn more, go to www.usm.maine.edu/planet or call 207-780-4249. Admission is $6 per adult, $5.50 per child.

monday january 3

1:00 p.m. Dinosaurs at dusk!

tuesday january 4

1:00 p.m. IBEX

Wednesday January 5

1:00 p.m. Season of Light

Thursday, January 6

1:00 p.m. Season of Light

friday 7 january

1:00 p.m. Earthquake

saturday january 8

1:00 p.m. Earthquake

monday january 10

1:00 p.m. Dinosaurs at dusk!

tuesday january 11

1:00 p.m. IBEX

Wednesday January 12

1:00 p.m. Natural Selection

Thursday January 13

1:00 p.m. Hubble Vision 2

friday january 14

1:00 p.m. Hubble Vision 2

saturday january 15

1:00 p.m. Hubble Vision 2

monday january 17

1:00 p.m. Dinosaurs at dusk!

tuesday january 18

1:00 p.m. Natural Selection

Wednesday January 19

1:00 p.m. Destination Solar System

Thursday January 20

1:00 p.m. Destination Solar System

Friday January 21

1:00 p.m. Destination Solar System

saturday 22 january

1:00 p.m. Rusty Rocket’s Last Breath!

monday january 24

1:00 p.m. Dinosaurs at dusk!

tuesday january 25

1:00 p.m. IBEX

Wednesday January 26

1:00 p.m. Mars Quest!

Thursday January 27

1:00 p.m. Mars Quest!

friday january 28

1:00 p.m. Mars Quest!

saturday 29 january

1:00 p.m. Dinosaurs at dusk!

monday january 31

1:00 p.m. Dinosaurs at dusk!

Show summaries

destination solar system

Embark on a tour of the solar system in the year 2096! Join the Space Express and explore the sun, moon, planets and even the asteroid belt!

Dinosaurs at dusk!

A father and his daughter time travel to the age of the dinosaurs. On their journey they encounter (sometimes run away from) all manner of flying and walking dinosaurs. During their excursions, they learn the origins of flight.

Earthquake

The Earth constantly shakes as the planet’s continental plates move relative to each other. Learn the science of earthquakes and how these tremors have affected human history.

Hubble Vision 2

A celebration of the Hubble Space Telescope. This show includes some of the last images the HST captured during its 30-year orbit around the planet.

IBEX: in search of the periphery of the solar system

The IBEX probe (Interstellar Boundary Explorer) has the sole mission of studying the heliosphere, the bubble containing the solar system. We discover how the probe was made and what it learned about the protective shell around the sun and the planets.

MarsQuest

In the first section, “Tribute”, we trace Mars through history – from the “casting” of the various war god forms given by different cultures, to the first sightings of Schiaparelli and Lowell, and the infamous ” channels” that led to science. -fictional stories about Martians. We hear excerpts from the novels “War of the Worlds” by HG Well and “Barsoom” by Edgar Rice Burrough. “Mars in Focus” details the Mars of our time – seen in the night sky, through binoculars and telescopes, and from our explorations of Mars. The results of more than a quarter century of spacecraft missions present reports of the weather, climate and arology of Mars. We compare the climate and terrain of Earth and Mars, and present current thinking on the planet’s areological history, as well as a rationale for future exploration.

Natural selection

Get ready for a full dome adventure like none we’ve ever offered! Natural Selection is a celebration of life: watch as we follow Darwin’s journey to the Galapagos and transform the starry dome into an ocean teeming with all manner of exquisitely beautiful and strangely exotic creatures.

Rusty Rocket’s Last Breath!

Join Rusty Rocket and his group of rocket beginners as they explore the solar system. This show combines humor, fun characters, and the latest planetary imagery to give you and your family a fun and informative tour of the solar system.

Season of Light

The annual holiday program that delves into the history and astronomy of holiday traditions. What are the origins of Santa Claus, Hanukkah, New Years and Christmas? We also look at the “Star of Bethlehem”. If it was a natural event, what could it have been? Reported by NPR’s Noah Adams.

Two small pieces of glass (FULL DOME)

An omni-dome program on the history and science of telescopes. How have astronomers used telescopes to discover the wonders of the Universe?

THE SOUTHWORTH PLANETARIUM IS LOCATED IN THE BASEMENT OF THE USM SCIENCE BUILDING

Arline J. Mercier