Angelo State University’s Global Immersion Center (GIC), formerly the Planetarium, will present two full-dome public astronomy shows during its summer 2015 schedule beginning Thursday, June 11, in the Vincent Nursing-Physical Science Building, 2333 Vanderventer St.

Each Thursday from June 11 through July 23, except for July 2, “Saturn: Jewel of the Heavens” will run at 7 p.m. and “Supervolcanoes” will run at 8 p.m. All the shows are open to the public and there is no admission charge for “Supervolcanoes.” Admission prices for “Saturn: Jewel of the Heavens” are $3 for adults and $2 for children, active military and senior citizens. ASU students, faculty and staff are admitted free.

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Once a planet of great mystery, more is now known about Saturn than ever, thanks to modern robotic space pioneers. Incorporating the best imagery from the Cassini-Huygens missions, “Saturn: Jewel of the Heavens” gives audiences a close-up view one of the most amazing and dynamic planetary collections of our solar system. From its bizarre moons with mysterious features to the millions of icy particles that compose its enigmatic rings, this tour of Saturn goes a billion miles beyond our everyday experiences.
“Supervolcanoes” is an immersive planetarium show that looks back at rare classes of eruptions that have marshaled the energy that lurks, like a sleeping dragon, beneath the surface of the earth. The program also moves beyond earth to explore the impact of giant volcanic eruptions around our solar system. Audiences will fly down to Neptune’s frigid moon, Triton, and onto the ultimate volcanic world: Jupiter’s moon Io. On a visit to a legendary North American hot spot, Yellowstone National Park, the film asks: can a supervolcano erupt in our time? The show is sponsored by ASU’s Hispanic Serving Institution-Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (HSI-STEM) grant, so there is no admission charge.

For more information, call the GIC at 325-942-2136 or go online to www.angelo.edu/dept/physics/planetarium.php. A recording of the show schedule is also available by calling 325-942-2188.