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While attending a star party, two teenage students learn from a female astronomer how telescopes have helped us understand our place in the universe. In their conversations, you will hear about the history of the telescope and some of the discoveries that have been made using this device. Learn how telescopes work and how they reveal Jupiter’s moons, the rings of Saturn and spiral galaxies. This show was produced for the International Year of Astronomy (2009) but there is now a fulldome version to share.
Tickets can be purchased in the planetarium lobby 30 minutes prior to the shows. Cash and checks (made out to Parkland College only), VISA, Mastercard, Discover, and American Express.
- They cannot accept bills over $20.
- No gift cards of any kind can be accepted.
- No advance ticket sales; all tickets are sold at the door.
Public Show Admission
- Adults: $8
- Children (12 and under), seniors (65 and over), and Parkland students and staff: $7
- Stay for both regular shows on the same evening and get the second show half price!
- Groups (20+): $4 per person (one show) or $6 per person (two consecutive shows)
- Friends of the Staerkel Planetarium members: no charge