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New shows on tap for Mayborn Science Theater in March

Special to the HHES

The Mayborn Science Theater recently announced its March show lineup which includes two new full-dome shows. Shows are offered every Saturday with matinee shows from

11 a.m. – 4 p.m. and evening shows from 7-9 p.m.

The evening shows start at 7 p.m. with “Tales of the Maya Skies” which immerses the audience in the science, art and mythology of the Mayan culture. The show takes viewers to the ancient jungles of Mexico, where the Maya built cities and temples aligned to movements of the sun, moon and planets. The show weaves together this rich combination of science, culture and legend and revisits the sounds and sights of an ancient way of life.

At 8 p.m. is a new full-dome show “From Earth to Universe.” Take a journey out to the colorful birthplaces and burial grounds of stars, and still further out, beyond the Milky Way, to the unimaginable immensity of a myriad of galaxies. Along the way, the audience learns about the history of astronomy, the invention of the telescope and today’s giant telescopes that allow us continue to probe ever deeper into the universe.

Another new show, “Sunstruck!” opens at 9 p.m. Travel back to the beginning of time and experience the birth of the sun. Discover how it came to support life, how it threatens life as we know it and how its energy will one day fade away.  The audience will gain an enhanced understanding of the sun and how it impacts our world.

The Saturday matinee opens at 11 a.m. with “Jillian’s Travels: Safari So Good.” The show takes viewers on a week-long African safari adventure with Jillian and her brother, Jack. The audience will travel into the heart of Africa and become immersed in a spectacular world where wild animals seem so close you can touch them. The show is accompanied with story-time activities.

At 12 p.m. is laser light show “Laser Pop” which features music for the entire family with artists like Pink, Blink 182, N’Sync, the B-52s, the Beach Boys and many more.

“Exoplanets: Worlds of Wonder” is at 1 p.m. Enjoy a journey on mankind’s first space probe as it travels outside our solar system to the many new worlds astronomers continue to discover. Explore gas giant planets, frozen rogue planets hurling through space, new planets orbiting through what is known as the goldilocks zone and learn more about the Earth, moon, sun and the remarkable solar system in which we live.

At 2 p.m. is “Dinosaurs at Dusk.” This action-packed full-dome animation show giving you a close-up view of early Earth and the fantastic animals that once roamed its surface and ancient skies. The show follows the adventures of a father and his teenage daughter as they travel back in time through several geologic periods and explore an Earth teeming with dinosaurs. The pair hike through rain forests, scale ice cliffs, sail over prehistoric oceans and parachute into a vast sinkhole in their search for the first flying animals.

At 3 p.m. is a doubleheader. First is “Legends of the Night Sky: Perseus and Andromeda” based on constellations viewed in fall sky. It is filled with humorous and exciting characters including Perseus the mighty warrior, Pegasus the winged horse, Cetus the sea monster and the fearsome monster Medusa. This entertaining tale is designed to engage young students and stimulate their interest in learning about the night sky. Second is “Legends of the Night Sky: Orion” – a fun look at the myths about one of the night sky’s most famous constellations. Zeus, Poseidon, Apollo and other characters of the Orion story are brought to life in full-color laser light.

“Dynamic Earth” is at 4 p.m. This cutting-edge film explores the inner workings of the Earth’s climate system. Using satellite monitoring data and advanced supercomputer simulations, the audience follows a trail of energy that flows from the sun into the interlocking systems that shape our climate: the atmosphere, oceans and the biosphere. Ride along on swirling ocean and wind currents, dive into the heart of a monster hurricane, come face-to-face with sharks and gigantic whales, fly into roiling volcanoes and gain a broader understanding of what shapes Earth’s climate and climate change.

During March, Warren’s Star Tour of the skies over the Northern and Southern hemispheres is Saturday, March 25 and Laser Friday, featuring four musical laser light shows is March 31. The Mayborn Science Theater is located on the campus of Central Texas College. For complete show listings and descriptions, membership information and more, visit online starsatnight.org.

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