The Vanderbilt Museum and the Reichert Planetarium will reopen on February 5

The Vanderbilt Museum of Suffolk County and the Reichert Planetarium will reopen this weekend, Saturday and Sunday, February 5 and 6, from noon to 4 p.m.

Beginning Friday, February 11, Vanderbilt will be open Friday through Sunday, 12 p.m. to 4 p.m., and Friday and Saturday nights for Planetarium shows at 8 a.m., 9 a.m., and 10 p.m. Masks are mandatory inside all buildings.

On Saturday February 5, the Planetarium will present a preview of a new show, Exoplanets: discovering new worlds. Visitors will be transported to planets orbiting distant stars. Discovering exoplanets is one of today’s science goals, and finding life on these worlds is the next challenge.

Although science has yet to find evidence of extraterrestrial life, this exciting program speculates that such life exists and explores how scientists are currently searching for exoplanets and their potential inhabitants. Recommended from 12 years old.Exoplanets will be presented on Saturday afternoons at 3:00 p.m. from February 5 to March 20.

Another new Planetarium show that premiered recently isTo explore, an odyssey on the planet Mars, seen through the prism of human history and scientific development. This visually stunning full-dome film begins with a look at how scholars and scientists throughout the ages have used the sky as a clock and calendar to measure the passage of time. Their star maps and catalogs have informed the modern science of astronomy.

Dave Bush, director of the Reichert Planetarium, called To explore “One of the most beautiful productions ever made available to our public. It truly is an immersive masterpiece.

To explore is an adventurous journey from ancient Mesopotamia to modern space exploration. Learn about the fascinating history of astronomy, geocentric and heliocentric models, the laws of planetary motion, and learn about the principles of orbital maneuvers that enable satellites and space travel.

The museum is located at 180 Little Neck Road in Centerport. For more information, visit www.vanderbiltmuseum.org.

Arline J. Mercier