Oct. 18, 2021–The Bushman Planetarium at Missouri Western State University will show “Extreme Planets” and “Wonders of the Universe” at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 26. Tickets are $5 for adults, $3 for children, students, military and seniors and must be purchased in advance. Call 816-271-4288 or visit missouriwestern.edu/planetarium/.  

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The Oct. 26 shows include: 

  • “Extreme Planets”: For centuries, humanity has wondered whether we are alone in the Universe. Now, we are finally one step closer to knowing the answer. With the discovery in 1995 of the first planet orbiting another star, we now know that planets are not unique to our own Solar System. And as the quest for extrasolar planets continues, the possibility exists that one day we might find life elsewhere in the Universe, born in the light of another sun. This production explores what makes a planet “Earth-like” in the first place, and takes an immersive full dome tour of several worlds that just might fit the conditions we’re looking for. 
  • “Wonders of the Universe”: Peer deep into space through the eyes of the orbiting Hubble Space Telescope and travel back billions of years in time to witness the birth of the universe. On this breathtaking excursion, you’ll witness the formation of galaxies and explore some of the most wonders of the universe movie posterwondrous nebulae and astronomical structures yet discovered. As your travels continue, you’ll fly deep into our own Milky Way galaxy and return home to Earth on a spectacular tour through the solar system.

The planetarium features a Digistar 4 projection system and a dome that is tilted slightly, rather than directly overhead, making viewing easier. The Dolby 5.1 surround sound system enhances the viewing experience.

Missouri Western State University is a student-centered learning community preparing individuals for lives of excellence through applied learning. Missouri Western is located in St. Joseph, Mo., and is committed to the educational, economic, cultural and social development of the region it serves. Visit missouriwestern.edu.