Fleischmann Planetarium kicks off summer with new dome shows and Hands-On Weekend Science (HOW Science).

Families can participate in science activities on Saturdays and Sundays during Hands-On Weekend Science (HOW Science). Planetarium staff will host demonstrations and activities regularly between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. at the science station mobile lab in the lobby of the exhibit hall.

HOW Science will explore themes of astronomy, chemistry, geology, biology, physics and space exploration. Activities are free for planetarium visitors. HOW Science runs through Sept. 4.

In the dome theater, there’s a lineup of new shows and returning favorites showing through Sept. 5:

  • “Dynamic Earth” shown with “NASA’s Journey to Mars”: The new, featured show explores Earth’s great life support system: the global climate. With visualizations based on satellite monitoring data and computer simulations, this film follows a trail of energy that flows from the sun. Audiences will ride along on swirling ocean and wind currents, dive into the heart of a hurricane, come face-to-face with sharks and whales, and fly into roiling volcanoes. Times: 1, 3, 5 and 7 p.m. daily.
  • “Extreme Planets”: Join the quest for extra-solar planets with extreme Earth-like environments, from water-worlds and molten landscapes to uninhabitable moons and planets with multiple suns in Extreme Planets. Time: 2 p.m. daily.
  • “Black Holes”: Few mysteries in the universe have the power and awe of the black hole. Only now are we on the verge of understanding their true nature. Time: 4 p.m. daily.
  • “Ultimate Universe”: Ultimate Universe takes viewers on a tour from the outer reaches of space and time, through wondrous galaxies, to the majesty of our solar system. Time: 6 p.m. daily.
  • “Saturn: Jewel of the Heavens”: Saturn is one of the most magnificent planets in the solar system. Using spacecraft, scientists have reached out to the great ringed planet, sailing by trillions of chunks of ice that make up its rings. Times: 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday.
  • Family Show: “Larry, Cat in Space”: Take off on a lunar adventure with a curious stowaway, Larry, Cat in Space. This cartoon is about an inquisitive cat who takes a trip to the moon, observing his human family of enthusiastic sky watchers. Time: 11 a.m. daily.
  • Family Show: “DarkStar Adventure”: With a cast of animated characters, “DarkStar Adventure” is engaging for viewers of all ages. Witness the power of a supernova, explore the heart of a gaseous nebula, visit exotic pulsars and learn to keep a safe distance from a black hole. Time: Noon daily.
  • “Dark Side of the Moon”: Pink Floyd’s legendary rock album “Dark Side of the Moon” is presented in immersive HD animation of color and surround-sound. (Please note: mature lyrics and themes) Times: 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays.

Tickets cost $7.50 for ages 13-59; $5 for children ages 3-12; seniors 60 and older; UNR students, faculty, staff and alumni with ID; Washoe County School District students and teachers with ID; military with ID; and groups (15 or more). Tickets are free for members.

Fleischmann Planetarium is on North Virginia Street on the University of Nevada, Reno campus. There is free permit parking in the adjacent West Stadium Parking Complex (level three) on 16th Street.

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