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June 29, 2022

V838 Mono is a supernova located in the Stellar Graveyard. A program titled “Stellar Graveyard” is scheduled for Friday, July 8 at 8 p.m. at the UW Harry C. Vaughan Planetarium. This program explores white dwarfs, neutron stars, pulsars, novas, supernovae, planetary nebulae, and other bizarre but beautiful objects that adorn the skies. (Photo NASA/European Space Agency)

A new program at the University of Wyoming’s Harry C. Vaughan Planetarium in July will separate science from science fiction in the 1996 movie “Twister.”

The film, which stars Helen Hunt and Bill Paxton, follows a team of storm chasers who continually come into the crosshairs of extremely violent tornadoes.

“The planetarium offers a fun lineup of shows in July to entertain and educate residents and visitors to Laramie and UW,” says Max Gilbraith, planetarium coordinator. “Our unique new show for the month will be a new iteration of ‘Science of Sci-Fi’ featuring a screening of ‘Twister’ on July 15, featuring live commentary from a Ph.D. meteorologist and storm chaser.

For tickets or to receive more program information, email [email protected] or leave a voicemail message and a callback phone number at (307) 766-6506. Tickets are $5 for the public and $3 for students, seniors, veterans, first responders, and under 18s. Places are free for children under 5 years old.

Reservations or pre-purchases are not required and walk-ins are welcome. Tickets can be purchased online with a credit card, reserved by email or voicemail, or purchased at the start of the show. Cash or check is accepted at the door. The planetarium, which can accommodate 58 people, is located in the basement of the Physical Sciences Pavilion. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis outside of ADA/wheelchair designated seating.

To pay for tickets with a credit card, go to https://www.uwyo.edu/uwplanetarium/ticket.aspx. For a group larger than six, email the planetarium for a private show at https://uwyo.sjc1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_bKuqIynOn7gFK2F. Tickets for private shows are the same as for public programs.

A film and a special live lecture for the public will be presented each week. All programs last approximately one hour. If time permits, part of the show may also focus on a live sky tour or additional information related to the subject of the film.

The July schedule is as follows:

— Friday, July 1, 8 p.m.: “Search for extraterrestrial life”. Astronomers use ground and space telescopes to try to locate signs of life on other planets. Landers, rovers and probes visit the scattered planets and moons of our system to hunt aliens.

— Saturday, July 2, 2 p.m.: “Distant Worlds: Alien Life? », a full-dome film. This film explores one of humanity’s most enduring questions: Are we alone?

— Saturday, July 2, 8 p.m.: “Wyoming Skies”. The program features an exploration of the stars, constellations, planets, meteor showers and other celestial phenomena visible from Wyoming for the season.

— Friday, July 8, 8 p.m.: “Star Cemetery”. This program explores white dwarfs, neutron stars, pulsars, novas, supernovae, planetary nebulae, and other bizarre but beautiful objects that adorn the skies.

— Saturday, July 9, 2 p.m.: “The hot and energetic universe”, a full-dome film. This studies the achievements of modern astronomy; the most advanced terrestrial and orbital observatories; the basic principles of electromagnetic radiation; and natural phenomena related to high energy astrophysics.

— Saturday, July 9, 8 p.m.: “Liquid Sky: Psychedelic Indie Rock,” a music-based light show. The program will feature a personalized playlist of “out of this world” music from artists such as Tame Impala, MGMT, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, STRFKR and many more in 5.1 surround sound. The planetarium sky in 4K resolution will become a canvas of color, pattern and movement with state-of-the-art music visualization software and live VJ talent.

— Friday, July 15, 8 p.m.: “Science of Sci-Fi: Twister (1996)”. Philip Bergmaier, a postdoctoral research associate in the UW Department of Physics and Astronomy, as well as a meteorologist and storm chaser, will break down the good and bad of the classic tornado movie.

— Saturday, July 16, 2 p.m.: “Seeing! », a full-dome film. The film follows the journey of a single photon as it is produced in a distant star, before traversing the vast expanse of space to land on someone’s retina. This film is narrated by Neil deGrasse Tyson.

— Saturday, July 16, 8 p.m.: “Wyoming Skies”. The program features an exploration of the stars, constellations, planets, meteor showers and other celestial phenomena visible from Wyoming for the season.

— Friday, July 22, 8 p.m.: “James Webb Space Telescope: First color images. This program will look into the epic mission to send a tennis-court-sized observatory beyond the moon and unravel the mysteries of the universe.

— Saturday July 23, 2 p.m.: “Europe to the Stars”, a full-dome film. This film takes viewers on an epic journey behind the scenes of the world’s most productive ground-based observatory – the European Southern Observatory – revealing science, history, technology and people.

— Saturday, July 23, 8 p.m.: “Liquid Sky: EDM,” a sound and light show based on music. The program will include a playlist of classic and contemporary electronic hits set to MilkDrop’s psychedelic visuals and deep space travel in 5.1 surround sound. Featured artists include DeadMau5, Daft Punk and more. The planetarium sky in 4K resolution will become a canvas of color, pattern and movement with state-of-the-art music visualization software and live VJ talent.

— Friday, July 29, 8 p.m.: “Yellowstone to Enceladus”. This program explores and compares the volcanic power of the geysers beneath Yellowstone National Park to the plumes of ice beneath the surface of a Saturn moon.

— Saturday, July 30, 2 p.m.: “Out There: Extrasolar Worlds”, a full-dome film. This film presents the primitive science fiction of the first civilizations; future space missions that will observe the universe in greater detail than ever before; and the ability to travel the surfaces and oceans of the moons of our solar system.

— Saturday, July 30, 8 p.m.: “Wyoming Skies”. The program features an exploration of the stars, constellations, planets, meteor showers and other celestial phenomena visible from Wyoming for the season.

For a more detailed description of these programs, go to www.uwyo.edu/physics/planetarium/schedule.html.

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