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Monday Night Social with Riff Johnson

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Dawn of the Space Age

Experience the exciting beginnings of space travel, from the launch of Sputnik 1 to the Apollo landings on the Moon, and from the assembly of the International Space Station to the first private space flights. Trace the initial competition of political systems for supremacy in space, and the peaceful collaboration between nations today. Join in the vivid, historically accurate reconstruction of humans first steps into the cosmos. Learn about the men and women who braved the risks of space travel. Witness their courage, their passion and their perseverance in “Dawn of the Space Age”. The program includes a tour of the night sky.

Dark Side of the Moon – Pink Floyd

Experience one of the greatest album’s of all time set to stunning visuals in the planetarium! Dark Side of the Moon by Pink Floyd takes audiences on an immersive journey that leave them “Comfortably Numb” in a wonderful way. Join us for this special planetarium presentation!

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.

Secret of the Cardboard Rocket

Join two children on a magical journey through the Solar System, aided by a talking astronomy book, a cardboard rocket, and a vivid imagination. During this imaginative show, audiences will land on Venus, fly through the rings of Saturn, and discover the secrets of the Solar System.

Imagine Dragons Experience

The Imagine Dragons Experience features a mix of music from Smoke + Mirrors, Evolve, and Night Visions set to stunning visuals and artistic interpretation. Experience a wild, auditory ride through one of today’s most seminal bands in a new way at Emera Astronomy Center!

Mexica Archeoastronomy: Between Space and Time

Through impressive immersive scenarios, Mexica Archaeoastronomy: Between Space and Time illustrates the important role played by astronomical observation for the evolution of pre-Hispanic cultures in central Mexico. The Mexicas used the calendrical and astronomical knowledge inherited by their predecessor cultures to found the capital of their empire: Tenochtitlan. Vibrant colors, shapes and sounds transport the viewer to one of the most important cultures that, to this day, still lives in the heart and skin of the Mexican people. The program includes a tour of the night sky and an update on latest astronomy news.

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.

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.

Mystery of the Christmas Star

Journey back 2000 years to Bethlehem as we seek to discover a scientific explanation for the Star the wise men followed to find Jesus. Investigate possible dates for the birth of Christ and look at recorded sightings of significant historical and astronomical events during this timeframe. Explore scientific explanations for celestial objects that could have been remarkable enough to cause the wise men to travel across the desert from Babylon to Bethlehem. Regardless of what the star was, the message of Peace on Earth and goodwill to all still rings true today!

Legends of the Night Sky: Orion

Take a fun and lighthearted look at the myths and stories associated with the constellation Orion, the great hunter of the winter sky. Join narrators Aesop the owl and Socrates the mouse as we follow Orion’s adventures as he grows to manhood, battles mythical beasts, foils the plot of an evil king and wins the heart of Artemis, the beautiful moon goddess. We learn how the constellation Orion was placed in the sky, forever turning overhead throughout the seasons. The program includes a live sky lecture showing where Orion and his companions are located in the Winter Skies.