In December of 2013, the United Nations General Assembly proclaimed 2015 as the International Year of Light and Light-Based Technologies (IYL2015.) To kick off the special events of the Year of Light, the Friends of Arlington’s David M. Brown Planetarium is focusing its January weekend on LASERS! All events on the weekend of January 16 through 18, 2015, will include special presentations, short videos, and displays that highlight the uses of lasers in astronomy and geophysics. There will also be free gifts, door prizes, and an amazing laser display on the dome! Come join in the fun and help us kick off the International Year of Light!
Friday, January 16th, TWO SHOWS: 6:30 pm and 7:30pm:
Black Holes: the Other Side of Infinity is one of the most successful full-dome shows ever produced. Narrated by Academy-Award nominated actor Liam Neeson, this cutting-edge production features high-resolution visualizations of cosmic phenomena, working with data generated by computer simulations, to bring the current science of black holes to the dome screen. Audiences will be dazzled with striking, immersive animations of the formation of the early universe, star birth and death, the collision of giant galaxies, and a simulated flight to a super-massive black hole lurking at the center of our own Milky Way Galaxy.
Target Audience: ages 9 and older and their families.
Running Time: 24 minutes.
Saturday, January 17th, 7:30 pm:
Screening of the full-dome digital program Supervolcanoes, followed by an Interactive Star Talk (for adults & children five and older).
Supervolcanoes, narrated by Benedict Cumberbatch, is an immersive planetarium show that examines massive volcanic eruptions that have marshaled the energy that lurks, like a sleeping dragon, beneath the surface of planet Earth. The program moves beyond Earth to explore some of the most violent volcanic eruptions around our solar system. Audiences will fly down to Neptune's frigid moon Triton, and onto the ultimate volcanic world: Jupiter's moon Io. On a visit to a legendary North American hot spot, Yellowstone National Park, the film asks: can a supervolcano erupt in our time? (Produced by Spitz Creative Media.)
Running Time: 24 minutes.
Sunday, January 18th, TWO SHOWS: 1:30 pm and 3:00 pm:
Screening of the digital program Magic Tree House® Space Mission.
Travel with the brother-sister duo, Jack and Annie in their Magic Tree House® as they proceed to answer the questions left for them in a mysterious note signed “-M.” The show begins with narration by Mary Pope Osborne, author of the best-selling Magic Tree House® children’s book series. Viewers will find themselves perched high in the trees as Jack and Annie discover the note that asks them to answer a series of six questions about space. Magic Tree House® Space Mission is best suited for ages 5 to 12 and their families. Older children familiar with the book series may also enjoy the show.
Running Time: 35 minutes
The David M. Brown Planetarium is located at 1426 N. Quincy Street, Arlington, VA 22207.
Admission for these shows is $3 for Children (up to age 12), $5 for Members and Seniors (60+), and $7 for teens and adults.
Seats can be reserved on this website right now. Just click on the event you would like to attend in the boxed schedules at the top or bottom of this page and use our online form to buy tickets and reserve your spot. Some of the seating will be held for walk-in visitors. Unclaimed reserved seats will be released when the show begins. Tickets purchased in advance are refundable for any reason until the show for which they were purchased begins. Online ticketing will end 30 minutes prior to each show, and any unreserved seats will be made available on a first come, first served basis.
To download a colorful 8x10 poster advertising this month's weekend, click here [3 MB jpg].