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Department of Physics News

Kent State Planetarium Presents Cosmic Beginnings: Birth, Death and Rebirth in the Universe

Posted Apr. 2, 2012

Kent State University Planetarium presents its last show for the 2011-12 series. Cosmic Beginnings: Birth, Death and Rebirth in the Universe will be presented on April 13, 14 and 20 at 8 p.m. in 108 Smith Hall. The show is free and open to the public, but is not recommended for children under age six.

Spring is a time of birth, rebirth and renewal on planet Earth. What is less well-known is that birth and rebirth of star, planets and even galaxies continuously take place in the sky above us. The springtime planetarium show is all about these common, yet wondrous and often violent happenings in our universe.

“We will tour the night sky, and the many wonderful things you can see every clear evening,” says Brett Ellman, associate professor and planetarium director. “We will look at stars that died in cataclysmic explosions, scattering the matter from which fresh stars are born. We will see huge clouds of dust that slowly come together, giving birth to new planets that begin their long, lonely orbits in unnamed solar systems. And then, most mysterious and wonderful of all, we will look at a baby picture, not of stars or galaxies, but of the universe itself.”

Reservations must be made by calling 330-672-2246 as seating capacity is limited. Persons needing special accommodations are requested to call at least one week in advance.

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