Ancient Egypt Comes to TAMIU Planetarium

Travel to Ancient Egypt
at the TAMIU Planetarium

Take a trip to ancient Egypt and explore the stars this summer at the Texas A&M International University’s Lamar Bruni Vergara Planetarium with “Stars of the Pharaohs.”

The new feature premieres at the Planetarium Friday, June 30 at 7 p.m. and will be shown again at 8 p.m. and on Saturday, July 1 at 6 p.m.

“Stars of the Pharaohs,” narrated by John Rhys-Davies, shows audiences how science was used to tell time, make a workable calendar, and align huge buildings. Viewers will learn about ancient Egyptian architecture, mathematics and astronomical tradition. Their mythological beliefs were based on a connection they felt with the stars and various astronomical phenomena.

Audiences will also have a chance to see some of the most spectacular temples and tombs of the ancient world, such as Tut’s tomb, all recreated in their original splendor.

General admission tickets for this premium show cost $6 and tickets for TAMIU students, faculty and staff and children under 12 are $5. Buy a ticket for a second showing on the same weekend, and save $2 off the second ticket. Group rates are available for 50 or more people; advance reservations required.

Also available weekdays and during weekends is the downlink to NASA 24-hour programming on the Plasma TV above the lobby Planetarium door. All the latest developments in the space program and its findings are shown here first.

The TAMIU Planetarium has one of the few new generation digital projectors. Prior technology only allowed a view from the Earth; this projector allows viewing from any part of the known universe. Thus, one can travel to structures unseen, except to highly developed telescopes.

The Digistar 3 projectors use powerful graphics hardware and software to generate immersive full-dome images on the interior surface of a dome, integrating all-dome video, real time 3D computer graphics, and a complete astronomy package.

For more information and show schedule, visit the Planetarium on the Web at tamiu.edu/coas/planetarium or call 956. 326.2444.

For information on group rates, please call Laura Diaz at 326.2463 or e-mail planetarium@tamiu.edu.

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