Astronomy’s Extreme Side

After show telescope viewing

After show telescope viewing

By Jose Sillas

“Extreme Planets” playing at the planetarium at the College of Southern Nevada from September 6 to November 16 is a feast for the eyes that doesn’t seize to inform and mesmerize.

The movie helps to give valuable and entertaining insights about the different conditions of planets in the Milky Way galaxy. Astronomers examine earth-like planets and speculate what kinds of organisms live there—no matter how big or small. The film shows planets that are comprised entirely of lava or water, some with absolutely no rotation and one that dwells in a dying star.

“I hope after watching the feature that people learn a thing or two about astronomy,” says Robert Pippin, planetarium manager and astronomer of 35 years. “I hope they take an opportunity to look at the night sky.”

Pippin explains that a show like this can cost $2,000 to $10,000 to purchase and adapt, but it seems worth it as attendance is high so far. More public interest may bring the show back after this initial run.

“The show was really great,” says Jennifer Ulloa, CSN student. “It was interesting and entertaining. It was especially enlightening to see how far our technology has come.”

This was the first time Ulloa attended the planetarium. “The planetarium was great, the visuals were much better than expected,” she says. “I would definitely recommend the show to anyone.”

“It was quite informative as I knew next to nothing about astronomy,” says Nathan Ornelas, CSN student. “The entire show was a takeaway experience for me.”

“Yes, we could all learn a little about what we see when we look up,” Ornelas says.

The planetarium on campus is one of only two in the state of Nevada.

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