New shows at the Kalamazoo Valley Museum’s planetarium began this week and run through January 6, 2011.
A family show, “Big,” runs at 11 a.m. on weekdays; at 1 p.m. on Saturdays; and at 2 p.m. on Sundays. The show features Sir Richard Attenborough describing the sights through the port of a spacecraft while traveling past planets, spinning galaxies, and forming and dying stars on the way outward to the edges of space.
A stargazing show, “Starry Messenger,” is shown on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 3 p.m. and on Saturdays at 2 p.m.
In 1610 Galileo published a booklet called The Starry Messenger in which he described the wonders he first saw in the heavens with his telescope. This show takes the audience back in time to see the Moon, Jupiter and the autumn sky as Galileo saw them when he published his booklet called Starry Messenger in 1610.
“Mayan Prophecies” looks at how the Mayan calendar works and the astronomical events associated with doomsayers’ predictions that the world will end on December 21, 2012 as the Mayan Long Count Calendar comes to its end. It runs at 3 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.
Admission to the museum is free. Planetarium shows are $3 per person. For more information call 269-373-7990 or visit www.kalamazoomuseum.org.
The Kalamazoo Valley Museum is located at 230 N. Rose Street in downtown Kalamazoo. Parking is available for a small fee in the Eleanor Street ramp located just north of the Museum.
The Kalamazoo Valley Museum is operated by Kalamazoo Valley Community College and governed by its Board of Trustees.