Sunset Beach, NC – Ingram Planetarium will bring two exciting science programs focused on the inner workings of astronomy to its theater in March this year.
The first program will be at 7 p.m. March 7. This celebration of International Day of Planetariums will explore how planetariums changed astronomy education forever in the mid 20th Century. It will also take a look at how planetariums were pioneers in early laser technology at the height of the Rock ‘n’ Roll Age.
Join Jack Dunn, planetarium veteran and laser enthusiast, as he gives his lived account of the birth of the dome theater in this free program. Then visitors can stick around for an encore showing of Elton John’s Rocket Man, Ingram’s spring laser show at 8 p.m. Cost for Rocket Man is general admission.
On Pi Day, March 14, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., visitors can enjoy free Pi-themed activities in the Paul Dennis Science Hall during the day and then check out the 7 p.m. premiere of Seeing: A Photons Journey Through Space, narrated by Neil DeGrasse Tyson.
Viewers can learn all about optics of astronomy in this new film. The show will be followed by an in-depth look at the history of telescopes by planetarium educator Alan Brown. Cost for Seeing: A Photons Journey Through Space is general admission.
General admission to the planetarium theater is $9.50 for adults, $8.50 for seniors 62+, and $7.50 for children 3 to 12. Members and children 2 and under are free.
For more information, call 910-575-0033, visit www.museumplanetarium.org, or like us on Facebook.com/IngramPlanetarium.