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East Kentucky Science Center and Varia Planetarium to launch two new planetarium shows

Published on Mar 24, 2017

The East Kentucky Science Center and Varia Planetarium has announced the launch of two new planetarium shows. Big Sandy Community and Technical College’s (BSCTC) East Kentucky Science Center and Varia Planetarium (EKSC) will launch two new planetarium shows. 

The EKSC, located on the Prestonsburg campus of BSCTC, has debuted Moons: Worlds of Mystery and will launch Rusty Rocket’s Last Blast for children in April, said Steve Russo, director of the EKSC. 

“We are thrilled to have two shows of this caliber at the Science Center,” said Russo. “The new shows, coupled with the new Hubble exhibit, have transformed the center into a hub for space education in Kentucky and the tri-state region.” 

Moons: Worlds of Mystery takes an in-depth look at the moons and the roles they play.  Created by the Charles Hayden Planetarium of the Museum of Science in Boston, Mass., the show explores the varied satellites that exist and delves into what they look like and how they contribute to the knowledge of the solar system. 

Rusty Rocket’s Last Blast highlights the basics of rocket physics.  Produced by the Adventure Science Center’s Sudekum Planetarium in Nashville, Tenn., the children’s show is an introduction tour of the solar system.  Rusty, who is related to every famous spacecraft, tours the solar system and uses cars and jets for comparisons to the distance between planets. 

The Hubble exhibit is 2,200-square-foot exhibit and immerses visitors in the magnificence and mystery of the Hubble Space Telescope and introduces the James Webb Space Telescope.  Featuring a scale model of the Hubble Space Telescope and several satellite units, visitors get a hands-on experience of the same technology that allows Hubble to gaze at distant galaxies and contribute to the exploration of planets, stars, galaxies and the universe. 

Admission is $6 for adults, $4 for children and children four and under are free. Admission includes the exhibit and planetarium shows.  For more information, call (606) 889-8260.