Planetarium Summer Shows: June

Posted May 22, 2013, at 10:56 a.m.

Sunday, June 2 to Sunday, June 30, 2013; 2:53 p.m.

Location: UMaine Maynard F. Jordan Planetarium, 5781 Wingate Hall, 120 Munson Road, Orono, Maine

Contact: Alan Davenport; (207)581-1341


Friday Shows start at 7pm

Weekday shows start at 11am

Sunday shows start at 2pm

Planetarium Show: Cosmic Colors

From northern lights to garden flowers, color fills our lives and “Cosmic Colors” explains how we use the rainbow to see, understand and explore our universe. An explanation of more active Northern Lights and a tour of the night sky prepares visitors for the omnidome adventure, “Cosmic Colors”.

(Ages 8 – Adult)

Fridays June 7, 14

Tuesday, June 18

Planetarium Show: Earth, Moon & Sun

Our funny expert, Coyote, is a little confused about what he sees in the sky. Join this character (adapted from American Indian oral traditions) in a fast-paced and fun Omnidome show that explores lunar phases, eclipses, sky motions and other puzzles. Engaging and immersive, Earth, Moon, & Sun illustrates the natural rhythms and cycles of our sky and the host will add a live tour of the season’s constellations.

(Ages 6 – Adult)

Sundays June 2, 9, 16, 30

Planetarium Show: Black Holes

The attraction of Black Holes is more than just gravitational. These mysterious graveyards of dead stars have fascinated generations. “Black Holes” explores the history, physics, and mystery of black holes. Witness the bending of light, the skewing of perception, and the dizzying descent into a black hole. This show incorporates some of the most visually stunning three-dimensional effects ever created for the OmniDome planetarium system. (Ages 9-adult)

Wednesday, June 19

Planetarium Show: Earth’s Wild Ride

“Earth’s Wild Ride” is a story from 200 years in the future that features a moon colonist and his grandchildren as they watch the earth during a solar eclipse. The grandfather recalls the nature of the blue planet where he was born and its most dramatic events including volcano eruptions, dinosaur extinctions and torrential storms. This Omnidome spectacle crosses time and space through computer animation and immerses viewers in the future and past on “Earth’s Wild Ride”. A tour of the season’s night sky, its constellations and planets demonstrates the lovely views Earthlings still enjoy today in Maine.

Sunday, June 23

Planetarium Show: The Little Star That Could

Youngsters see and explore the fall sky under the dome, and meet a young star just discovering the universe. Join a medium sized, yellow star as he makes his way through space. In his travels he meets other stars and learns about our galaxy and the planets, in this one-hour Omnidome adventure. (Ages 5-8)

Tuesday, June 25

Planetarium Show: Worlds of Wonder

Our planetarium spaceship blasts off on a tour that takes us to each member of the solar system. All nine planets, some of their moons and minor members of the Solar System reveal fascinating spacescapes. Their hostile environments and similarities to Earth are explained by mission specialists onboard. A live tour of the winter constellations also includes stars of the Maine sky. A space tour of the planets on the planetarium ship, Draco. (Recommended for Ages 7 – 12)

Wednesday, June 26