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Emera Astronomy Center

207-581-1341|astro.umaine.edu

September 2018

We Are Astronomers

September 23 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Do you know what an astronomer does? We Are Astronomers reveals the global collaboration, technology and dedication required to answer the unresolved questions of the Universe. See how technologies such as the Large Hadron Collider, the observatories of Chile and the Hubble Space Telescope work and how they are used by teams around the world in this entertaining planetarium show. This show is narrated by former Dr Who star David Tennant and accompanied with music by New Zealand composer Rhian…

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Mayan Archeo-Astronomy: Observers of the Universe

September 23 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

The night is an eye, both dark and bright! It forces us to look up and ask ourselves questions about our place in the Cosmos, our origins, and what is beyond the horizon. Using spectacular visuals and stunning sound, audiences tour six ancient Mayan temples: San Gervasio, Chichen Itzá, Uxmal, Edzna, Palenque, and Bonampak. Along the way they dive into Mayan knowledge of the sky exploring the movement of the Sun, the Moon and Venus. Find Balam the Jaguar constellation…

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Polaris and the Mystery of Polar Night

September 23 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 2:00pm on Sunday, repeating until September 30, 2018

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. The program includes a tour of the night sky as visible here in Maine.

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Cell! Cell! Cell!

September 28 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 7:00pm on Friday, repeating until September 28, 2018

Fridays - September 7, 14, 21, and 28 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!

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Polaris and the Mystery of Polar Night

September 30 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 2:00pm on Sunday, repeating until September 30, 2018

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. The program includes a tour of the night sky as visible here in Maine.

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October 2018

Magic Treehouse: Space Mission

October 4 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Travel with the brother-sister duo, Jack and Annie, in their Magic Treehouse, as they discover a note that asks them to answer a series of questions about space. With the help of an astronomer, the Internet, an astronaut, books and the writer of the mysterious note, Jack and Annie are taken on a wondrous journey of adventure and learning. This exciting voyage will carry visitors to the planets and far out into the Universe. The adventure is just beginning! Based…

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Dawn of the Space Age

October 4 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm

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.…

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Earth, Moon, and Sun

October 4 @ 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm

Discover the relationship between our planet, our star, and our natural satellite and how these objects cause seasons, lunar phases, eclipses, day and night and much more! Based on the trickster of Native American lore, Coyote is constantly corrected in his misunderstandings of how things work. Along the way we learn all about Earth, Moon, and Sun. A live tour of the Maine sky and its beautiful constellations completes this fun program!

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Explore!

October 4 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Mars… For centuries it’s been an object of human fascination. Once mysterious, soon this red world may become our new home. This became possible due to daring individuals like Johannes Kepler: fascinated with the world, striving toward discovery and embracing challenges it may bring. Take an adventurous journey with humankind: from ancient Mesopotamia to modern space exploration! Experience the fascinating history of astronomy, geocentric and heliocentric models, Kepler laws of planetary motion, and discover the principals of orbital maneuvers which…

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Polaris and the Mystery of Polar Night

October 5 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am

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 together and wondering why night is so long at the poles of the Earth. This mystery leads them on a scientific adventure by building an improvised spaceship to travel around the Earth to learn about seasons, visit Mars and Saturn to learn about ice in the solar system and how planets have…

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Cosmic Colors

October 5 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm

From northern lights to garden flowers, color fills our lives and “Cosmic Colors” explains how we use the rainbow to see, understand and explore our universe. From the color of stars, to invisible wavelengths we use to change channels or cook our food, the spectrum plays a huge role in our everyday lives. Join us as we explore how color helps us interpret our world and universe. Program includes a tour of the night sky!

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The Little Star That Could

October 5 @ 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm

It’s hard to be a little star in a big universe! Join a medium sized, yellow star as he makes his way through space. In his travels, he meets many different types of stars and learns about some of the other things that make our universe so interesting. After meeting stars, nebulas, and galaxies, the little star finds that he, too, is special. He has nine planets that depend on him for warmth and light. Along with the little star,…

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Dream to Fly

October 5 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Have you ever dreamt you were flying? Have you ever thought how wonderful would it be to fly free as a bird? Discover the mystery of flight with Leonardo da Vinci, Montgolfier brothers, Wright brothers and other inventors. Explore the history of flight and its most important milestones on our route to conquering the skies—both in terms of technological breakthroughs, as well as our perceptions on flying itself. The dream to fly has raised the humans even further – into…

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Halloween: Celestial Origins

October 5 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 7:00pm on Friday, repeating until October 26, 2018

Fridays - October 5, 12, 19, and 26 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…

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Legends of the Night Sky: Perseus and Andromeda

October 7 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 2:00pm on Sunday, repeating until October 28, 2018

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…

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Halloween: Celestial Origins

October 12 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 7:00pm on Friday, repeating until October 26, 2018

Fridays - October 5, 12, 19, and 26 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…

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Legends of the Night Sky: Perseus and Andromeda

October 14 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 2:00pm on Sunday, repeating until October 28, 2018

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…

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Halloween: Celestial Origins

October 19 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 7:00pm on Friday, repeating until October 26, 2018

Fridays - October 5, 12, 19, and 26 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…

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Bangor Uncorked

October 20 @ 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm

THE WINE LOVERS EVENT OF THE YEAR IS BACK! Sample over 50 amazing local, national and international wines while you chat with friends, relax with great music and browse makeup, fashion, home décor and more! Featuring wines from Italy, France, Australia, Spain, Portugal, Germany, South America and the United States ~ it's like traveling the world in one evening! And this year, we're featuring even more local and Maine wines, too. Sip, shop, socialize and repeat at Bangor Uncorked ~…

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Legends of the Night Sky: Perseus and Andromeda

October 21 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 2:00pm on Sunday, repeating until October 28, 2018

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…

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Halloween: Celestial Origins

October 26 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 7:00pm on Friday, repeating until October 26, 2018

Fridays - October 5, 12, 19, and 26 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…

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Legends of the Night Sky: Perseus and Andromeda

October 28 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 2:00pm on Sunday, repeating until October 28, 2018

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…

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November 2018

Fly Me To The Moon

November 25 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

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…

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Solar Superstorms

November 30 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

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 superhot plasma that vent the Sun’s rage in dramatic flares, violent solar tornadoes, and the largest eruptions in the solar system:…

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