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“Comets & Discovery” – Cancelled Until Further Notice
This show is much more than a straight narrative about comets. The show takes the viewer on a journey of discovery. We follow two intrepid comet hunters in first-person. One, a modern explorer. The other, Caroline Herschel. The famous 18th century comet huntress that ruled the skies for many generations. With both, we learn how they each searched the skies, made their discoveries, and reported them for other astronomers to bear out. We also learn about, depending on the century of the observer, what people thought comets were and their importance to them.
This is a Bays Mountain Production! With a captivating script and sumptuous score, this is a great show for the whole family.
We are also using our star projector to illustrate the strange path a comet makes in our skies. The show includes a brief tour of the night sky.
On a clear, dark night, most of us have gazed upon the stars and wondered about all those tiny points of light. Many of us are able to identify different patterns and constellations in the stars. But, what are those tiny points of light? “Discover the Stars” takes viewers beyond a simple observation of the night sky and delves into the fascinating lives of stars.
In “Discover the Stars,” we venture deep into a giant molecular cloud to witness the birth of a new star. When we look up at the night sky, we can see that stars vary in brightness and have many different colors. By exploring the causes of these variations, the program reveals what is similar to all stars and what makes them unique. Stars do not last forever. The program looks at the different ways that stars end their lives and the astronomical wonders that are left behind.
A planetarium show about stars would not be complete without the stunning pinpoint star field of our Carl Zeiss ZKP-4 star projector, which is featured throughout the program and also highlights what is up in our current night sky. “Discover the Stars” will give viewers a deeper understanding and appreciation of the night sky.
Tickets are $5.00 per person. Children ages 5 and under will be given a free pass with a paying adult.
Park Association members enjoy free passes!
Tickets are available on the day of the program and can only be purchased at the gift shop.
Group rates to regularly scheduled public shows are $4.00 per person. The group must have at least 15 people, including children of all ages, and no other discounts may be used with group rates. Groups must make reservations in advance by calling 423-229-9447. The tickets will be released if not purchased within 30 minutes of show time.