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Secret of the Cardboard Rocket

Join two children on a magical journey through the Solar System, aided by a talking astronomy book and a cardboard rocket. Audiences will land on Venus, fly through the rings of Saturn, explore the Moon, and discover the secrets of each of the planets. Program includes a tour of the night sky as viewed here in Maine!

The Nutcracker

Light up the Holidays with Bossov Ballet’s family favorite, “The Nutcracker,” at the Waterville Opera House, December 13-15. Join Marie and the Nutcracker on a fabulous journey to the Land of Sweets, where toy soldiers, dancing mice, and delicious treats help make holiday dreams come true. Make it a weekend to remember by taking advantage of Best Western Plus Waterville’s special discount rate of $79.00 plus tax, for anyone attending the production. Just mention this when making your reservation, and present proof of ticket purchase during your stay. Tickets: $25 Adults, $20 Youth/Senior, $70 Family Pack (2 Adult, 2 Youth) Tickets purchased by December 1st can take advantage of an early bird special discount on all ticket prices ($22/$18/$65). C all (207) 873-7000 or visit www.operah...

Sleeping Beauty

Sleeping Beauty Presented by Bossov Ballet Theatre Hampden Academy Performing Arts Center 89 Western Ave., Hampden, Maine July 26 at 7:00 PM July 27 at 2:00 and 7:00 PM Ticket Prices: (Advance Purchase/At the door rate) $18/20 Adult $15/17 Youth/Senior $50/60 Family pack (two children, two adults) www.mci-school.org/bbt-tickets or call 207-487-4454 ext 113 Experience the fairytale magic of one of the most beautiful and beloved ballets.

Fly Me to the Moon

A space adventure of the third kind… In 1969, three astronauts dared to go where no man had gone before; the Moon. Join Scooter, IQ and Nat – three tweenage flies – who go along on an incredible space adventure and discover the Moon in a new and dramatic way. “Fly Me to the Moon” introduces new generations to space exploration and the historic moment when the world was united for this awe-inspiring achievement. A family film, the story is voiced by talents, Kelly Ripa, Christopher Lloyd, Nicollette Sheridan, Tim Curry and a live action/animation cameo by real-life Apollo 11 astronaut, Buzz Aldrin. “Fly Me to the Moon” takes viewers to a place they have never been before. The program includes a tour of the night sky.

Faster than Light

The impulse to strike out into the unknown, to see what is over the horizon is as old as humanity. Today, a whole new horizon beckons as astronomers are racing to find habitable worlds. But if we find one, how will we ever get there? Take a virtual ride aboard spacecraft of the future based on whole new technologies designed to achieve ultra‐high speeds, which might provide ways to travel to new worlds. The program includes a tour of the night sky as viewed from Maine plus astronomy news updates.

Earth, Moon, and Sun

Explore lunar phases, eclipses, day and night, and other puzzling events with the help of a confused coyote. Based on the trickster of Native American lore, Coyote is constantly corrected in his misunderstandings of how things work. A live tour of the Maine sky and its beautiful constellations completes this fun family program.

Fly Me To The Moon

A space adventure of the third kind… In 1969, three astronauts dared to go where no man had gone before; the Moon. Join Scooter, IQ and Nat – three tweenage flies – who go along on an incredible space adventure and discover the Moon in a new and dramatic way. “Fly Me to the Moon” introduces new generations to space exploration and the historic moment when the world was united for this awe-inspiring achievement. A family film, the story is voiced by talents, Kelly Ripa, Christopher Lloyd, Nicollette Sheridan, Tim Curry and a live action/animation cameo by real-life Apollo 11 astronaut, Buzz Aldrin. “Fly Me to the Moon” takes viewers to a place they have never been before. The program includes a tour of the night sky.

Solar Superstorms

A fury is building on the surface of the Sun – high-velocity jets, a fiery tsunami wave that reaches 100,000 kilometers high, rising loops of electrified gas. What’s driving these strange phenomena? How will they affect planet Earth? Find the answers as we venture into the seething interior of our star. Travel into the tangle of magnetic fields and super hot plasma that vent the Sun’s rage in dramatic flares, violent solar tornadoes, and the largest eruptions in the solar system: Coronal Mass Ejections. Explore how the Sun influences our lives on Earth in numerous ways in the modern age. The program is narrated by Benedict Cumberbatch of Star Trek and Dr. Strange fame.

Legends of the Night Sky: Perseus & Andromeda

Perseus and Andromeda is a fun-filled story of the beautiful but unfortunate princess Andromeda, who in divine punishment for her mother’s bragging, is sacrificed to a sea monster—and rescued by the Greek hero Perseus. Brought to life by animated narrators Aesop the owl and Socrates the mouse as we follow Perseus on his quest to become a hero and slay Medusa. We learn how the constellations of the fall season were placed in the sky, forever turning overhead throughout the seasons. The program includes a live sky lecture showing where Perseus and Andromeda are located in the Autumn Skies.

Halloween: Celestial Origins

Vampires, Witches, Goblins, and other spooky creatures! What do you associate with Halloween? Trick-or-Treating, costumes, or something more… Be it ghoulish or ghostly, Halloween is an astronomical holiday! Experience the history of Halloween and how it fits into the seasons as a “cross-quarter day.” From Celtic roots around the harvest and bonfires to modern celebrations, see why the night is celebrated as one of spirits from beyond and sweet treats! See how Samhain, and All Saints Day would eventually transform into Halloween. Traverse the night sky and learn what planets, constellations, and stars will be out on your Halloween evening. A fun filled program for the whole family!

Cell! Cell! Cell!

You are made of 70 trillion living cells. This is the story of cells that form our bodies and make us who we are. Experience cells in this immersive planetarium journey. Get shrunk down by the Shrink-a-tron, go back in time with the Retroscope and see an exploded view of all the body systems. Find out how cool cells really are and their origins in the stars!

Polaris and the Mystery of Polar Night

A traveling penguin from the South Pole and a funny polar bear from the North Pole meet on arctic sea ice. They become friends observing the night sky and go on an adventure to learn about seasons, visit Mars and Saturn to learn about ice in the solar system and how planets have similarities and differences which make them unique.