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Current Issue:  April 8, 2002
Volume 37, Number 18

Students, instructors contribute to LodeStar solar system show

LodeStar Astronomy Center’s new feature show made its planetarium debut in March. “New Horizons” is billed as an “unforgettable journey” to the solar system’s nine planets and more exotic moons.

“The show gives we gravity-bound people as close to
astronaut-like experiences” said David Beining, Lodestar's acting director.

The high-resolution, three-dimensional computer animations based on current research are experienced through a full-dome digital video system.

The show’s introduction includes some full-dome, 3D computer-animations produced by UNM students and instructors. LodeStar staff directed the animations and scripted the live portion of the show. 

“New Horizons” coincides with an opportunity to view the five ’naked eye’ planets, which will appear to gather in the western sky beginning in late April. LodeStar will host special observing events and lectures with this ‘planet massing’ of Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn.

“New Horizons” runs approximately 45 minutes and is shown
daily at 11:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 1:30 p.m., and 2:30 p.m.  The 10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. show will be live star shows titled “Enchanted Skies.” $6 for adults, $5 for seniors, and $3 for children 3-12.  Children under 3 are free. 

The LodeStar Astronomy Center is a UNM project in partnership with the New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science.