The Mayborn Science Theater, located on the campus of Central Texas College, recently announced its lineup of performances for the month of June. The schedule includes Saturday shows, weekday matinees, Laser Friday, and a Night Sky Tour.
The Saturday show schedule begins at 11 a.m. with “The Little Star That Could.” Meet a mean yellow star in search of planets to protect and warm. Along the way, he encounters other stars, learns what makes each star special, and discovers how stars combine to form clusters and galaxies. The public will also discover the planets and our solar system.
At noon it’s a double film. The first is “Legends of the Night Sky: Orion” – a light-hearted look at the myths and stories associated with one of the night sky’s most famous constellations, Orion, the Great Hunter of the Winter Sky. Next, “Legends of the Night Sky: Perseus and Andromeda” 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. Both shows are designed to inspire young people to experience the night sky.
“Exoplanets: Wonderful Worlds” is at 1 p.m. Join the adventure of humanity’s first space probe as it travels outside our solar system to the many new worlds astronomers continue to discover. Audiences will learn new information about our earth, moon, sun, and the remarkable solar system we inhabit.
At 2:30 p.m., “Dinosaurs at Dusk: Origins of Flight.” This action-packed animated show gives audiences a close-up view of the primeval Earth and the fantastical animals that once roamed its surface and ancient skies. Follow the adventures of a father and his teenage daughter as they time travel through multiple geological periods, trek through rainforests, climb ice cliffs, navigate prehistoric oceans and parachute into a vast chasm at the search for the first flying animals.
“First and Farthest” is at 3:30 p.m. The show celebrates mankind’s great achievements in the space race and the history of space exploration, including Apollo 11. It will also bring back memories for those who lived through the space race as it aims to inspire new generations to continue exploring our universe.
At 4:30 p.m., “See: the journey of a photon through space, time and the mind”. The show follows the trajectory of a single photon as it is produced in a distant star before traversing the vast expanse of space. The show explores some of the fascinating processes of the cosmos – from astrophysics to the biology of the eye and brain.
Mornings during the week will take place every Tuesday and Thursday of the month. June 14 is the “Fright Light” laser light show at 1:30 p.m. “Khrumka and the Magic Rocket” at 2:30 p.m. and the “Laser Magic” laser light show at 3:30 p.m.
The weekday matinee schedule continues on June 16 with “Cowboy Astronomer” at 2:30 p.m. and the “Laser Country” laser light show at 3:30 p.m. June 21 is the “Space Laser” laser light show at 1:30 p.m., “Ningaloo: Australia’s Other Great Reef” at 2:30 p.m. and “Whale Super Highway” at 3:30 p.m. June 23, “Zula Patrol: Down to Earth” at 1:30 p.m. and “Solar Superstorms” at 2:30 p.m. “Dynamic Earth” at 2:30 p.m. and “Flying Monsters” at 3:30 p.m. June 30, “Tales of the Maya Skies” at 2:30 p.m. and “Pandas: The Journey Home” at 3:30 p.m.
Laser Friday is June 24 and features a variety of classic rock artists in “LaseRock” at 6 p.m. Pink Floyd’s album, “Darkside of the Moon”, is presented in its entirety at 7 p.m. At 8 p.m., the heavy metal sounds of “Laser Metallica.
Resident astronomer Warren Hart is leading a star tour/conversation about the constellations and stars of the current night sky on Saturday, June 25, ahead of the regularly scheduled show.
For full show descriptions, directions, membership information and more, go to starsatnight.org.