“Stars of the Pharoahs” Opens Friday at Planetarium

“Stars of the Pharoahs” Opens Friday at Planetarium

You can book a trip to ancient Egypt this weekend...and never leave a comfortable chair in Laredo.

Texas A&M International University's Lamar Bruni Vergara Planetarium is now showing “Stars of the Pharoahs.”  The feature premieres 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.

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.

“Stars of the Pharoahs,” 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.

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.

Journalists who need additional information or help with media requests and interviews should contact the Office of Public Relations, Marketing and Information Services at prmis@tamiu.edu