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Framingham State University Planetarium

Framingham, MA 01701

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Late Nite Skies at the FSU Planetarium presents

How to Hold a Dead Star in Your Hands

Astronomy is a bit different from other sciences. Scientists in most other fields can take their subjects into labs and study them up close. But because objects in space are very far away, it is usually impossible for astronomers to get their hands on them. But now, thanks to data from some of our favorite observatories, anyone can hold a dead star in their hand...and even, walk (virtually) among the remains of a star that exploded a long time ago. Join us in the planetarium for a live, multimedia presentation with Kimberly Kowal Arcand, who will show us how light and information can travel millions of miles across the universe, and end up in the palm of our hands.

Kimberly Kowal Arcand is the Visualization Lead for NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory, which has its headquarters at the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Kim describes herself as a science data “story teller”, who transforms data into meaning through a variety of media, including 3D visualizations, exhibits and experiences, non-fiction books and more.

Fulldome Film: no • Live Planetarium Content: yes • Guest Speaker: yes

Audience: Adults and teens age 14+

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ABOUT OUR SHOWS

Monthly public programs at FSU’s digital planetarium are about one hour in length and may include some combination of: a fulldome feature film, a short talk presented by a guest speaker, and/or a live planetarium segment. A live planetarium segment may include a tour of the seasonal night sky and/or other multimedia elements presented with live narration.

Late Nite Skies is a series of events designed to challenge adults and teens ages 14 and older to explore the most exciting science and technology concepts of our time.

To ensure visitor safety and quality of presentation, planetarium doors will remain closed once the show has begun. Late arrivals will not be admitted. If pre-registered guests have not checked within 5 minutes of start time, their tickets will be released.

Suggested Donation: $5 per guest



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Framingham, MA 01701

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