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 IRSC HALLSTROM PLANETARIUM SEASON LAUNCHES 'A YEAR FULL OF STARS,' INTRODUCES NEW SATURDAY AFTERNOON STEAM TALKS

Bell Planetarium 2018-19
IRSC Planetarium Director Jon Bell will launch the 2018-19 Planetarium season of shows and events at the inaugural “Saturday Afternoon STEAM Talk, A Year full of Stars, September 15, 4 p.m. in the Hallstrom Planetarium in the Brinkley Science Center located on the IRSC Main Campus in Fort Pierce.
 

The Hallstrom Planetarium at Indian River State College (IRSC) is ready to launch “A Year Full of Stars” with a season of planetarium shows in the “Starlight Series,” continue the popular “KIDS SPACE” series, and introduce a unique new series of talks addressing Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math (STEAM) and the humanities.

The community is invited to learn more about all the upcoming shows and events offered by the Hallstrom Planetarium at the inaugural “Saturday afternoon STEAM Talk, A Year Full of Stars” taking place on Saturday, September 15, at 4 p.m. at the Hallstrom Planetarium in the Brinkley Science Center on the IRSC Main Campus in Fort Pierce. IRSC Planetarium Director Jon Bell will preview some of the awesome, upcoming sky events and the new season of planetarium shows. Telescope viewing provided by the Treasure Coast Astronomical Society will be available to guests following the talk—weather permitting.

The upcoming eight-show 2018–2019 “Starlight Series” is sure to delight both experienced and novice stargazers with shows such as “Saturn: Jewel of the Heavens” (Oct. 19, 20, 26 & 27 and Nov. 9 & 10), “Star of Wonder” (Nov. 30 and Dec. 1, 7 & 8)—a Hallstrom holiday tradition since 1993, “Eclipse!” (Jan. 11, 12, 18 & 19), and more.

The new “Saturday afternoon STEAM Talks” introduce a broad range of topics from the moon and stars—and even the connections between mythology and some of today’s most celebrated “superheroes.” Free and open to the public, these 45-minute presentations will take place at 4 p.m. at the planetarium on select Saturdays.

Discussing the new series of STEAM talks Hallstrom Planetarium Director Jon Bell shares, “The talks will be a way to facilitate discussions of the mythical roots of some of today’s superhero stories, the actual facts behind the development of artificial intelligence, some of our earliest attempts to provide painless surgery to those in need, and discuss the actual possibility of building a colony on the moon and people traveling outward toward the stars.” Talking about the September 15 “A Year Full of Stars” STEAM talk Bell adds, “We will share some great conversations about science, technology, engineering, the arts and mathematics, and learn about some stars and constellations and view the heavens from the comfort of an armchair.”

Starting October 20 and continuing through the season, the planetarium’s popular “KID SPACE,” public sky shows will introduce young astronomers to the skies. Held on select Saturdays at 11 a.m., children can take a scientific voyage of discovery where they learn about stars and constellations, Earth, the moon and other planets, and how outer space is being explored. All adults must be accompanied by at least one child ages 4 to 12.

“Starlight Series” planetarium shows, “Saturday Afternoon STEAM Talks,” and “KID SPACE” are presented in the IRSC Hallstrom Planetarium. The planetarium features a 360-degree immersive digital OmniStar projection system and a state-of-the-art Spitz automated planetarium projector used to recreate the sky, sun, moon and planets among the stars on the 40-foot, domed ceiling during planetarium shows. Visit www.irsc.edu for a complete schedule.

Most planetarium shows are just $5 and tickets can be purchased online at www.irsc.edu or at the box office located in the McAlpin Fine Arts Center lobby on the IRSC Main Campus at 3209 Virginia Avenue in Fort Pierce, Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., or by phone. Call the McAlpin Fine Arts Center Box Office at 1-800-220-9915 to reserve seats.

Planetarium shows are recommended for adults and children over the age of 10. The air temperature is maintained at 72 degrees. Guests may wish to bring a sweater or light jacket.

Welcome to the IRSC Hallstrom Planetarium

The Hallstrom Planetarium features a 360-degree immersive digital OmniStar projection system and a state-of-the-art Spitz automated planetarium projector. It recreates the sky, sun, moon and planets among the stars on the 40-foot, domed planetarium ceiling. View tonight’s sky, see how it appeared thousands of years ago or look into the distant future for a glimpse of how it may appear from our location or anywhere in the world—or universe! Planetarium shows are recommended for adults and children over the age of ten. The air temperature is maintained at 72 degrees. You may wish to bring a sweater or light jacket.

Planetarium Schedule

September 15 STEAM Talk: A Year Fill of Stars
October 19, 20, 26 & 27, November 9 & 10 Planetarium Show: Saturn: Jewel of the Heavens
November 30, December 1, 7 & 8 Planetarium Show: Star of Wonder
November 17 STEAM Talk: The Moon Belongs to Everyone
December 8 Concert: Yuletides
January 11, 12, 18 & 19 Planetarium show: Eclipse!
January 20 Guided sky event: Total Lunar Eclipse
February 9 Open House: Astronomy Day (and Night!)
February 9 STEAM Talk: NASA Update
February 22 & 23, March 8 & 9 Planetarium show: Phantom of the Universe
March 30 STEAM Talk: MARVELous Myths!
April 12 & 13 Planetarium show: Bear Tales and Other Grizzly Stories
April 20 STEAM Talk: Comfortably Numb – Anesthesiology
in History and Modern Practice
May 10 & 11 Planetarium show: Bear Tales and Other Grizzly Stories
May 25 STEAM Talk: Robotics: Thinking, Hearing and Vision
June 14 & 15 Planetarium show: Bear Tales and Other Grizzly Stories

Kid Space Planetarium shows 2018: October 20 & 27, November 10, December 1 & 8
2019: January 12 & 19, February 23, March 9, April 13, & May 11 and June 15 



2018 – 2019 Starlight Series



Shows are presented Friday at 6:00 and 7:30 p.m.
and Saturday at 1:00 and 2:30 p.m., unless otherwise noted.
Tickets are only $5! Prices vary for specialty shows where noted.

Saturn: Jewel of the Heavens
Celebrate Saturn as we showcase its mysterious rings, fantastic ice moons, and largest moon Titan, with its lakes of liquid nitrogen!
October 19, 20, 26 & 27 and November 9 & 10

Star of Wonder
What was the mysterious star that guided the Magi? Could it have been a comet, a meteor or a supernova? How might an astronomer explain it? Find out as we take the Planetarium back in time more than 2,000 years to recreate the skies over Judea. Star of Wonder has been a family holiday tradition since 1993.
November 30 and December 1, 7 & 8

Yuletides Live Holiday Concert
Enjoy a holiday concert “under the stars” with the electronic music of world-renowned composer and artist Jonn Serrie!
Saturday, December 8 at 4:00 & 7:00 p.m. Tickets are $15.

Eclipse!
On Sunday, January 20, 2019, there will be a total lunar eclipse: Florida and all of North and South America will experience the entire event—weather permitting. Find out more about this special occasion as the Hallstrom Planetarium presents the special show, Eclipse! Discover new details about lunar and solar eclipses, transits, and occultations!
January 11, 12, 18 & 19

Total Lunar Eclipse
The Indian River State College Hallstrom Planetarium will be open, and members of the Treasure Coast Astronomical Society will host guided views of the total lunar eclipse. Telescopes will be set up in the Brinkley Science Center (building N) parking lot, beginning around 10:00 p.m. First contact with the earth’s umbral shadow occurs at 10:33 p.m. Totality will occur at 11:41 p.m. and will end at 12:12 a.m. on Monday. The moon will be restored to its accustomed shape by 1:50 a.m. This event is free and open to the public.
Sunday, January 20, 10:00 p.m.—1:50 a.m. (Monday)

Astronomy Day (and Night!)
Join Indian River State College and the Treasure Coast Astronomical Society for a free open house. With telescopes, guest speakers, handouts, planetarium mini-shows and guided views of the sky—weather permitting.
Saturday, February 9, 3:00—9:00 p.m.

Phantom of the Universe
Astronomers are attracted to things that shine out in the darkness: stars, planets, galaxies and quasars, but most of the “stuff” of the Universe cannot be seen by the eye. See what can’t be seen in this far-out show, narrated by Scottish actress Tilda Swinton (Narnia, Dr. Strange.)
February 22 & 23 and March 8 & 9

Bear Tales and Other Grizzly Stories It’s a camping trip under the stars as Grampa tells the family about the bears in the sky and how they got their long tails. Learn about the myths and stories of the springtime evening skies in this award-winning program about the constellations.
April 12 & 13, May 10 & 11 and June 14 & 15 

Sky Shows for Young Astronomers

Kid Space
Visit the Hallstrom Planetarium at 11:00 a.m. on select Saturdays for Kid Space. During Kid Space, children ages four to 12—on scientific voyages of discovery to learn about the stars, constellations, moon, planets and explorations of outer space. All adults must be accompanied by at least one four-to-12-year-old child. $5 per person.

2018: October 20 & 27, November 10 and December 1 & 8
2019: January 12 & 19, February 23, March 9, April 13 and May 11 & June 15 

Skywatch

Hosted by IRSC Planetarium Director Jon U. Bell
Listen to one-minute updates of the sky and astronomy on WQCS 88.9 FM National
Public Radio at 6:30 and 8:30 a.m., and 12:59 p.m., Monday through Friday.


Classroom Field Trips

Free Planetarium shows are available October through May during school hours to K-12 public, private and home school classes from Indian River, Martin, Okeechobee and St. Lucie counties. Programs are available to other school or community groups of 40 or more for a fee.
Reservations must be made at least two weeks in advance and are on a first-come, first-served basis. Call 772-462-7503.



SATURDAY AFTERNOON STEAM TALKS

New this year, the Indian River State College Hallstrom Planetarium will present a series of STEAM Talks. We’ve added an “A” to the acronym “STEM” (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math), because these talks also address topics in the Arts (the humanities.) These 45-minute presentations take place at 4:00 p.m. on select Saturdays and are free and open to the public.

A Year Full of Stars
Join Planetarium Director Jon U. Bell as he previews some of the awesome, upcoming sky events, including a total lunar eclipse scheduled for January 20, 2019; some great views of the moon and planets; and a whole new season of planetarium shows! Telescope viewing provided by the Treasure Coast Astronomical Society, follows the talk—weather permitting.
September 15, 4:00 p.m., Free 

The Moon Belongs to Everyone
Investigate the moon in folklore, fiction, and fact and discuss the moon as a way of telling time and as a way of finding direction. Learn some of the basic moon features, and take a look at science discoveries from its exploration. Additionally, see what’s being planned for a return trip to the moon, Earth’s nearest neighbor in space! Telescope viewing provided by the Treasure Coast Astronomical Society follows the presentation—weather permitting.
November 17, 4:00 p.m., Free 

NASA Update
Hear Russell R. Romanella, former Director of Safety and Mission Assurance for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) at the John F. Kennedy Space Center in Florida, discuss NASA, the space program, and the exploration of the Universe. The Treasure Coast Astronomical Society will provide exhibits with telescopes, activities for the family, and guided views of the sky (including safe, filtered solar viewing) after the presentation—weather permitting.
February 9, 2019, 4:00 p.m., Free 

MARVELous Myths! Join Dr. Scott Fynboe, of the Indian River State College English and Modern Languages Department, as he examines the deep connections between mythology and some of today’s most celebrated “superheroes.” Beginning with Superman, Dr. Fynboe will discuss how classic myths have influenced comic-book characters including Superman, Thor, and Black Panther. Learn how science and technology may be able to duplicate their amazing feats.
March 30, 4:00 p.m., Free 

Comfortably Numb—Anesthesiology in History and Modern Practice
Join Dr. James Agnew of the Indian River State College Biological Sciences Department, for a discussion of the history of anesthesiology, including its first uses in dentistry in the late 19th century.
April 20, 4:00 p.m., Free 

Robotics: Thinking, Hearing and Vision
Explore the world of advanced robotics as Professor Paul Godfrey of the Indian River State College Electronics Engineering Technology Department presents ideas on robotic thinking in Artificial Intelligence (A.I.) and neural networks, hearing and speech recognition, visual recognition and see-in-the-dark technology. Discuss the concepts of out-of-control A.I.s and rampaging robots from popular movies like I, Robot; 2001: A Space Odyssey; and Terminator with a view toward whether such ideas are possible or likely.
May 25, 4:00 p.m., Free   


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