TAMIU LBV Planetarium Sets New Show Saturday, Matinee Prices

New Show Premieres at TAMIU LBV
Planetarium, Matinee Prices Return

year of astronomy logoThis Saturday, Sept. 12 marks the premiere of the newest Texas A&M International University Lamar Bruni Vergara Planetarium show, “Two Small Pieces of Glass: The Amazing Telescope,” a special presentation of the PBS documentary “400 Years of the Telescope,” and the return of matinee prices.

“As part of our yearlong celebration of the International Year of Astronomy, we will be releasing ‘Two Small Pieces of Glass’ and the PBS documentary,” said Gerardo A. Pérez, director, LBV Planetarium.

“ ‘Two Small Pieces of Glass: The Amazing Telescope’ is a story about how two teen students learn about how the telescope helped understand our place in space and how telescopes continue to expand our understanding of the universe,” Pérez explained.

The show uses video and full dome imagery to present the story of the telescope and the astronomers who used them to make their discoveries. The London Symphony Orchestra recorded the accompanying soundtrack.

“In addition to the new show, we will also be presenting ‘400 Years of the Telescope,’ ” Pérez added.

The PBS documentary is a chronicle of the history of the telescope from the time of Galileo and its impact on astronomy.

Matinee prices are for 3 and 4 p.m. shows. “Star Signs” is scheduled for 3 p.m. and “Planet Quest” will show at 4 p.m.

Admission to “Two Small Pieces of Glass” is $5 and $4 for children and TAMIU students, faculty, staff and alumni. The show premieres at 5 p.m. with encores at 6 and 7 p.m.

Admission to the PBS documentary that shows at 3:30 and 5:30 p.m. is free.

For more information or a show schedule, e-mail planetarium@tamiu.edu, click on tamiu.edu/planetarium or call 326.DOME.

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