Central Texas College Announces April Shows at Science Theater | Herald of Copperas Cove

The Mayborn Science Theater, located on the campus of Central Texas College, recently announced its April lineup. Saturday mornings, weekday mornings and Friday laser and star tours are on the agenda during the month.

On Saturdays, the program opens at 11 a.m. with “In My Backyard.” Children’s animator Fred Penner leads a light-hearted exploration of things big and small, from the colors of the rainbow to counting ladybugs on a rose. Youngsters can explore the night sky, learn the names of the planets, explore the reasons for the seasons and why there are shooting stars, all from the safety and comfort of the backyard.

At noon, “The Cowboy Astronomer” features Cowboy poet and comedian Baxter Black who tells a variety of mythological and “starlore” stories. Black engages the audience with information about the life cycle of stars, super novae, various constellations, and several Native American star tales gathered over many years of observing the night sky.

“Dinosaur Passage to Pangea” is at 1 p.m. The show explains one of the greatest geological events in Earth’s history: the separation of the supercontinent Pangea. When two children embark on a geological excursion through time, they are taken on a fantastical journey where they witness incredible wonders and learn about the mysterious process that created our present continents.

At 2:30 p.m., “Earthquake: proof of a restless planet”. Take a tour through space and time to visit historic earthquake sites from the Mediterranean Sea to the Pacific Ocean. Fly along the San Andreas Fault before diving inside the planet. Then step back in time to witness the 1906 San Francisco earthquake and the breakup of Pangea 200 million years ago.

“Super Volcanoes” explores the rare types of volcanic eruptions that conduct energy below the Earth’s surface. It’s a story of devastation and chaos: mass extinctions, climate meltdowns, and violence beyond anything humans have ever seen. The show also highlights the impact of volcanoes on Earth and other worlds in our solar system. Show time is Saturday at 3:30 p.m.

At 4:30 p.m., enjoy the beauty of the Northern Lights in “Kiuguyat: The Northern Lights.” Audiences will not only witness the magical display of vibrant colors and motion that fills the entire sky above the Arctic Circle, but will also be introduced to native residents of Alaska’s Far North as they share traditional stories, songs and generational knowledge related to the Northern Lights. Show time is Saturday at 4:30 p.m.

Saturday’s lineup concludes with the “Ready Player One” laser light show which features numerous themes and songs from some of today’s most well-known video games.

Mornings during the week are scheduled every Wednesday at 3:30 p.m. April 13 is “Pandas: The Journey Home”. April 20, “Natural Selection: “Darwin’s Mystery of Mysteries,” and April 27, “Tales from the Mayan Sky.” Matinee tickets are $5 for all ages.

Laser Friday is April 29 starting at 6 p.m. with “Ready Player One.” At 7 p.m., “Laser Green Day”, which highlights some of the biggest hits of American rock band Green Day, followed at 8 p.m. by “Eelctrolaze”, which offers a mix of dubstep, drum and bass, trance and Dutch house music . with artists such as Skrillex, Daft Punk, Tiesto, Aviici, Pendulum and many more. This show and “Laser Green Day” contain parental warnings due to profanity.

Resident astronomer Warren Hart is leading a star tour/conversation about the constellations and stars of the current night sky on Saturday, April 30, ahead of the regularly scheduled show.

For full show descriptions, directions, membership information and more, visit starsatnight.org.

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