Planetarium

Laser Movie Madness

Song List includes:
 
“Chariots of Fire” Theme (Vangelis)
“Theme from Jurassic Park” (John Williams)
“Derezzed” from Tron: Legacy (Daft Punk)
“The Galaxy Song” from Monty Python’s The “Meaning of Life” (Eric Idle)
“Imperial March” from Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back (John Williams)
“Conversation” from Close Encounters of the Third Kind (John Williams)
“Danger Zone” from Top Gun (Kenny Loggins)
“Moodswings” (Microcosmic)
 
Duration: TBA | Rating: All Ages

Laser MGMT

Song List includes | Congratulations, Time to Pretend, Alien Days, Weekend Wars, The Youth, Of Moons Birds & Monsters, Flash Delirium, Electric Feel, Song for Dan Treacy, The Handshake, Pieces of What
 
Duration: 45 mins.

Oregon Star Party 2015

Oregon Star Party’s planning committee is pleased to announce that the 28th annual Oregon Star Party will take place from August 11 through 16, 2015 at Indian Trail Spring in the Ochoco National Forest. Well known for its dark skies, Oregon Star Party is one of the largest annual star parties in the United States. Oregon Star Party’s daily schedule for the 2015 event will be filled with a range of activities from speaker’s presentations, youth activities, mentoring for youth and adults, a swap meet, and more. Regular favorites including the telescope walkabout will also take place again this year. For 2015, the Oregon Star Party will be during the peak of the Perseid Meteor Shower! 


Oregon Star Party's mission is to provide attendees the opportunity to meet people who share an interest in astronomy, learn something new, reconnect with old friends and make new ones, and just plain have fun. We welcome and encourage families and amateur astronomers of all ages. For registration and other information, please visit www.oregonstarparty.org. We hope you'll join us at the 28th annual Oregon Star Party.

Exploring New Horizons

Exploring New Horizons is a full-dome planetarium show that explores the New Horizons spacecraft and its mission to dwarf planet Pluto and other KBOs. This program also exhibits the importance of the scientific method and how it applies to our understanding of the Solar System.
 
Duration: 25 mins. | Rating: All Ages

Laser Zoo Rock

Take a trip to the laser light zoo! Dazzling laser imagery is choreographed to favorite songs  featuring furry, feathered, and aquatic friends. Playlist includes Talk to the Animals by Sammy Davis, Jr., Octopus’s Garden by the Beatles, The Lion Sleeps Tonight by the Nylons, and more.
 
Talk to the Animals – Sammy Davis Jr.
Circle of Life – Carmen Twillie
Octopus’s Garden – The Beatles
The Lion Sleeps Tonight – The Nylons
Flight of the Bumblebee – Wynton Marsalis
Fly Like an Eagle – Seal
Yertle the Turtle – Red Hot Chili Peppers
William Tell Overture – London Symphony Orchestra
 
Duration: 25 mins. | Rating: All Ages

Star Party: Total Lunar Eclipse Viewing #2

OMSI will host the second of two lunar eclipse viewings in 2015 on Sunday evening, September 27. That evening the full moon will slide through the dark shadow of the Earth and for 72 minutes the only light hitting the Full Harvest Moon will be a reddish glow from all of Earth’s sunrises and sunsets resulting in a total lunar eclipse. Weather permitting; a free viewing of the eclipse will begin at 6:30PM at OMSI South Parking. The Rose City Astronomers, and OMSI will have telescopes set up for attendees to use. OMSI Space Science Director, Jim Todd, will be presenting informal talks about the lunar eclipse and the autumn night sky.

 

Unlike solar eclipses in which the Sun's rays can damage the eyes, lunar eclipses are safe to watch with the naked eye. Lunar eclipses are unique in that no one can predict what color the Moon will turn during totality. Binoculars and telescopes will enhance the view.

 

The moon will rise at 6:55PM. from the east, with the sun setting at 6:59PM. in the west. We will see most of the moon within the dark umbra of Earth as it rises.   The totality begins at 7:11PM  with the point of the greatest eclipse occurring at 7:47PM. The eclipse’s total phase will last for 72 minutes. The Moon will be just 8 degrees above the eastern horizon at the instant of the greatest eclipse. Finally, the partial eclipse ends at 9:27PM.

 

This will also be the largest full moon of 2015, as it will also be at perigee on September 27 at 5:46PM, at a distance of 221,753 miles from Earth.