Doors open at 6:15pm; Presentation begins at 7:00pm
September 20 – Astronomy for All: Beyond Our Stellar Neighborhood
You know what the planets within our solar system look like, and you see the sun and moon every day (almost), but in this presentation we’ll be highlighting deep space objects you probably haven’t studied in a textbook. We’ll cover objects you can see for yourself with a small telescope or a pair of binoculars as well as objects far too distant to see without the help of an instrument as powerful as the Hubble. Come explore faraway worlds with us!
September 27 – Ask Albert: History of Astronomy
People have long looked to the night sky for inspiration, direction and to marvel at its beauty. Humanity is still compelled by the cosmos, but our understanding of astronomy has grown dramatically since our early civilizations. In this question-driven presentation, we’ll answer inquiries about astronomy and astrology, the movement of the cosmos, how the study of astronomy is accurately conducted, and how we verify its accuracy.
October 4 – Alabama Autumn Skies
Learn about the autumn night sky and the various objects that are visible at this time of year in this live and interactive presentation. Your personal tour guide to the cosmos will teach you to navigate through the sky and highlight constellations, planets and even some deep sky objects such as galaxies and nebulae. This presentation is great for all ages and is a traditional planetarium experience with a modern kick.
October 11 – Cocktails and Cosmos: Stellar Dance
Gravity: the unseen force that attracts everything (that has mass) in the universe. Join us to learn about the power that gravity has over our daily lives, from enabling you to stand on the Earth’s surface to keeping our solar system in its current orbit within the Milky Way.
October 18 – Astronomy for All: What is a Planet?
In a world where the public still mourns the reclassification of Pluto and where kids still send letters of protest to the scientists responsible, we are compelled to take another look at the definition of a planet, a source of great debate among scientists even today. If the attributes of a “planet” cannot be unanimously agreed upon, then how can we use the word so casually here in the planetarium every day? Why is it so important to define the word “planet,” and what meaning does the word still carry, if any?