‘Imiloa Astronomy Center’s live planetarium program, “3D Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Universe,” returns with a tour of “The Marvelous Milky Way Galaxy,” which will utilize the 3-D stereoscopic projection system in the ‘Imiloa planetarium.
Shawn Laatsch, ‘Imiloa’s planetarium manager, will host the evening presentation as he “flies” participants out into space on a unique and engaging tour of our home galaxy. The program will be on Friday, July 5, at 7 p.m. The audience will jump off Earth and explore the local neighborhood of our solar system, including planets and their moons, and zip through the rings of Saturn.
The journey continues outward to visit other star systems with planets, fly through the Orion Nebula, explore open and globular clusters, and even peek into the center of our galaxy. This grand voyage through time and space utilizes new imagery from the Maunakea Observatories, including the UKIRT Galactic Plane Survey showing our Milky Way in stunning Infrared light, all in 3-D.
Laatsch serves as an Executive Officer in the International Planetarium Society, the world’s largest organization of planetarium professionals, is on the Board of Directors for the Astronomical Society of the Pacific, and is actively involved in astronomy and science education outreach and education and is a NASA JPL Solar System Ambassador.
For more than 25 years he has been actively involved in planetarium program development and astronomy education in museum, university, and K-12 settings. He has a passion for cultural and historical astronomy.
Following up the next Friday, July 12, will be the Dark Side of the Moon, where the classic Pink Floyd album is brought to life with a digital interpretation of the sounds and imagery of the album’s music.
On the third Friday of each month, learn about the Hawaiian night sky at the monthly Mauna Kea Skies talk where astronomers from the Mauna Kea observatories speak about their recent discoveries and the science behind them. Friday evening programming at ‘Imiloa showcase the variety of planetarium programs from pure science, to entertaining music shows. For the upcoming month’s schedule, visit www.imiloahawaii.org.
The Friday night program time is at 7 p.m., with ticketing at $10 and member discounts.