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| Monday, October 14, 2013



* EMU PLANETARIUM PRESENTS ITS FALL LINE-UP OF SHOWS: The EMU planetarium presents its 2013 Fall line-up of movies that will be shown in the spectacular domed planetarium, located at 402 Mark Jefferson Science Complex. Tickets are $5 and are available in person at any EMU Ticket office, online at www.emutix.com or by phone at 487-2282. All shows are open to the public. Seating capacity is limited to 37. All shows will start promptly at their designated times so please arrive early. For questions or more information, please call Norbert Vance at 487-4146 or email Tom Kasper at tkasper@emich.edu.

Below are the movies, dates and times, along with a brief description for each show:


  • Tuesday, October 29 - Showtime 8 p.m.
  • Tuesday, November 12 - Showtime 8 p.m.

"Cosmic Colors" will take you on a wondrous journey across the entire electromagnetic spectrum. Discover the many reasons for color like why the sky is blue and why Mars is red. Take a tour within a plant leaf and journey inside the human eye. Investigate x-rays by voyaging to a monstrous black hole and then back at your doctor's office. You will even see the actual color of a dinosaur – based on recent evidence. Get ready for an amazing adventure under a rainbow of cosmic light! Appropriate for ages 13 and up. Run time is 25 minutes. Each “Cosmic Colors” show includes “Seasonal Stargazing” which has a run time of 15 minutes. Please visit "Cosmic Colors" to see a preview of the movie.


“STARS” - Returns for a special limited engagement

  • Tuesday, October 15 - Showtime 8 p.m.
  • Tuesday, November 11 - Showtime 8 p.m.

Every star has a story. Some are as old as time, faint and almost forgotten. Others burn bright and end their lives in powerful explosions. New stars are created every day, born of vast clouds of gas and dust. Through every phase of their existence, stars release the energy that lights the Universe. Journey to the furthest reaches of our galaxy and experience both the awesome beauty and destructive power of stars. Narrated by Mark Hamill, the EMU Planetarium’s most popular show makes a special re-appearance this summer. Catch it before it’s gone! Appropriate for ages 13 and up. Run time is 30 minutes. Each “STARS” show includes “Seasonal Stargazing” with a run time 15 minutes. Please visit "STARS" to see a preview of the movie.



  • Tuesday, November 26 - Showtime 6 p.m.
  • Saturday, December 7 - Showtime 2 p.m.

“The Little Star That Could” is a story about Little Star, an average yellow star in search for planets of his own to protect and warm. Along the way, he meets other stars, learns what makes each star special, and discovers that stars combine to form star clusters and galaxies. Eventually, Little Star finds his planets. Each planet is introduced to your audiences with basic information about our Solar System. Run time is 35 minutes and is appropriate for all ages, recommended for families. K-6 Education Guides are available. Each “Little Star” show includes “Seasonal Stargazing” with a run time of 7 minutes. Please visit the "Little Star That Could" to see a preview of the movie.



  • Saturday, November 23 - Showtime 3:15 p.m.
  • Tuesday, November 26 - Showtime 7:15 p.m.
  • Saturday, December 3 - Showtime 8 p.m.
  • Saturday, December 7 - Showtime 3:15 p.m.
  • Tuesday, December 10 - Showtime 8 p.m.
  • Saturday, December 14 - Showtimes 2 p.m. & 3:15 p.m.

The EMU Planetarium presents an all-new show just in time for the holidays. "Season of Light"  presentation traces the history and development of many of the world's most endearing holiday customs, all of which involve lighting up the winter season — from the burning Yule log, sparkling Christmas tree lights and candles in windows, to the lighting of luminaries in the American Southwest and the traditional ritual of the Hanukkah Menorah. 

The show also recounts the historical religious and cultural rituals practiced during the time of winter solstice — not only Christian and Jewish, but also Celtic, Nordic, Roman, Irish, Mexican and Hopi. It also takes a look at some of our more light-hearted seasonal traditions: from gift-giving and kissing under the mistletoe, to songs about lords a-leaping and ladies dancing, and the custom of decking the halls with greenery and candles. St. Nicholas, Sinterklaas, Kris Kringle, Father Christmas, and Santa Claus all drop by as well.

Naturally, there is some astronomy in Season of Light. Audiences learn a selection of Northern hemisphere winter constellations, and find out why we even have seasons, as we demonstrate the Sun's path across the sky throughout the year, and the Earth's tilt and orbit around the Sun. And of course, the program explores the possible astronomical explanations for a "Star over Bethlehem" in the last quarter of the show: comets, meteors, novae and supernovae, and planetary conjunctions. Appropriate for all ages. Run time is 36 minutes. Each “Season of Light” show includes “Seasonal Stargazing” with a run time 15 minutes. Please visit "Season of Light" to see a preview of the movie.


BIG SEAN COMES TO THE CONVOCATION CENTER IN NOVEMBER: Detroit’s own Big Sean is ready to hit the stage at EMU’s Convocation Center on Wednesday, November 20. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the show will start at 8 p.m. All ages are welcome. Tickets go on sale Friday October 11 at 10 a.m. Tickets are available online at www.emutix.com or by phone at 487-2282. 


PHOTO EXHIBIT IN REC/IM FEATURES LGBT ATHLETES: Photographer Jeff Sheng’s “Fearless” project begins its month long exhibition in EMUs Rec/IM facility through the end of October. The exhibit features photos of out lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered athletes. “Fearless” been appeared at over 50 high schools and colleges, ESPN World Headquarters, the Vancouver Olympic Games, and Nike World Headquarters, amongst others. The exhibit is free and is LBC Approved. Please direct any questions to equality_humanrights@emich.edu.

HISTORY OF TRACK AND FIELD EXHIBIT: The University Archives will be exhibiting a brief history of track and field at Eastern, in Halle Library on the third floor outside Archives until the end of the year. The exhibition takes a look at the evolution of the sport on campus, its athletes and coaching staff.


JUSTIN MOORE IS COMING TO THE CONVOCATION CENTER: Tickets will go on sale in February 2014 for the Justin Moore's "Off the Beaten Path" tour scheduled for Saturday, March 15, 2014 at the EMU Convocation Center. Also starring Randy Houser, with special guest John Thompson. For more information on Justin Moore visit www.moorejustinmusic.com.

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