Travel the solar system in a new show

This summer, experience sensational space exploration by traversing our immense solar system. As of June 18, 2022, the Planétarium Rio Tinto Alcan presents Worlds Beyond Earthan immersive and engaging theatrical experience.

The show draws on scientific visualizations and real data from space missions from NASA, the European Space Agency (ESA) and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) and their powerful telescopes, computer simulations and research conducted at institutions around the world.

March. Credit: American Museum of Natural History

The visual presentation will take viewers on an adventure as they navigate through the dynamic worlds around us and discover the unique conditions that make life on our own planet possible. Created by the American Museum of Natural History in New York and narrated by Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o, the show features scenes illustrating the evolution and complexity of our solar system. Follow the trajectory of the Apollo Cassini, Huygens, Voyager, Rosetta, Galileo, and Magellan spacecraft as they explore the meteor-scarred surface of the Moon, discover lakes of liquid methane on Saturn’s moon Titan, and observe the swirling rings of ice and rock of Saturn.

Audiences will also encounter one of Jupiter’s many moons, Io, whose volcanoes are sometimes so powerful they can be seen with large telescopes on Earth. Europa, another of Jupiter’s moons whose subterranean ocean could hold more than twice as much water as all of Earth’s oceans combined. Comet 67P, the first comet to be orbited and landed by robotic explorers of Earth and the dry, dusty landscape of Mars, based on high-resolution world maps from NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, Mars Global Surveyor and ESA’s Mars Express.

Worlds Beyond Earth is for ages 7 and up. The show lasts approximately 25 minutes and is paired with the animated show celestial chronicles, which has the same running time.

For information and tickets visit espacepourlavie.ca/en/planetarium

Arline J. Mercier