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A new experience has come to Central Ohio and it’s out of this world.
Okay, I know that was pretty corny, but I just can’t help myself. I love puns and I love astronomy, so it’s hard not to let the excitement carry me away. The SciDome, a planetarium that sounds as cool as it is, opens this weekend at The Works in Newark.
In case you don’t know, The Works is an interactive learning center where guests of all ages can get inspired by the history, technology, and art. The Works has been bringing a STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math) based education to central Ohio for decades.
One of the many benefits of taking yourself and the kiddos to The Works is that they are a Smithsonian Affiliate. That gives The Works access to world-class exhibits and other resources from the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C.
The newest addition to education center is the SciDome. The SciDome is a state-of-the-art planetarium offering space-based programming for visitors of all ages. The planetarium will offer both live shows and full Dome Productions.
Live Planetarium Shows May Include:
The Sky Tonight: From bright stars and constellations to planets and nebulae – discover the beauty and wonder of the night sky that has fascinated humanity for millennia.
Voyage Through the Solar System: Take a tour of our solar system and discover our planets, dwarf planets, and the asteroids.
Icy Birth, Fiery Death: The Life Cycle of Stars: How do stars evolve? What happens to stars like our Sun? Explore stars in our night sky that are evolving and how stars die. General Audience.
Special Topics: A rotating selection of astronomy and space science mini-experiences.
Full Dome Production Shows May Include:
Explore: An adventurous journey of humankind: from ancient Mesopotamia to modern space exploration.
Faster Than Light: The impulse to strike out into the unknown, to see what’s over the horizon is as old as humanity. Astronomers are racing to find habitable worlds, but how will we get there? How long will it take? How far can our technology take us?
Earth, Moon, Sun: Coyote has a razor-sharp wit, but he’s a little confused about what he sees in the sky. Join this amusing character in a fast-paced and fun show that explores lunar phases, eclipses, and other puzzles in the night sky.
Undiscovered Worlds: Join us to explore a timeless question: Are there other planets like Earth? Experience the science shifting our perspective on humanity’s place in the cosmos.
Oasis in Space: Transport yourself on a startling and beautiful voyage through our universe, galaxy, and solar system in search of liquid water – a key ingredient for life on Earth.
At the Grand Opening this weekend, visitors can check out the new SciDome in all of its glory. Ohio Astronaut Don Thomas will be on hand at the NASA Journey to Tomorrow Exhibit, where visitors can learn about the magnetic fields in our universe and experience first-hand the challenges of navigating a rover on a planet a million miles away.
The Grand Opening event begins on June 9 at 9 a.m. for members and 12 p.m. for the general public. Festivities will be taking place until 5 p.m. The event is free and admission will be first come, first served.
The Works is located at 55 S. 1st Street, Newark, Ohio 43055. They are open Tuesday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information about the grand opening, please click here.
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