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Emera Astronomy Center & Jordan Planetarium

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167 Rangeley Rd
Orono, ME 04469 United States

Emera Astronomy Center and Jordan Planetarium – Come explorer the Universe and more!

Have you ever dreamed of traveling amongst the stars, exploring the galaxy, or learning about space travel? Have you ever wondered how the human body works, what makes plants grow, or how global warming is changing our world? If so, the Emera Astronomy Center and Jordan Planetarium at the University of Maine is the place to come explore the Universe of science! The facility is home to the largest planetarium in the state of Maine and enables audiences to explore these topics in a dramatic multi-media environment.

The planetarium is a modern 4K resolution digital facility which uses visualization to share astronomy and numerous other sciences with students of all ages and the general public. Using a cluster of special computers and two high resolution projectors we can recreate not just astronomical and space related content, but also explore numerous other topics such biology, chemistry, climate science, engineering, mathematics and geography to name some of the possibilities.

We host a library of unique, immersive programs for all ages, from pre-K to adults. With a continually changing line-up of public planetarium programs, school field trips, and special events, there is always something new to explore. The facility offers a variety of special cosmic themed services such as birthday party packages and corporate events.

Come join us for an out of this world experience! We bring the universe to you! For more information call 207-581-1341 or see our website http://astro.umaine.edu To keep up with us see our FaceBook page http://www.facebook.com/JordanPlanetarium and sign up for our email newsletter.

July 2018

Life of Trees

July 17 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Emera Astronomy Center & Jordan Planetarium, 167 Rangeley Rd
Orono, ME 04469 United States
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$4 – $12

Join a cheeky ladybug called Dolores and a quirky firefly called Mike take the audience on an adventurous journey of exploration into the wondrous world of trees. Find out how trees live and their importance to the wider environment. How do plants get their food from the Sun? How do they grow? How does water get from the roots to the top of the crown? And how does all this make life on our earth possible? The Life of Trees…

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Secret of the Cardboard Rocket

July 19 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Emera Astronomy Center & Jordan Planetarium, 167 Rangeley Rd
Orono, ME 04469 United States
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$4 – $12

Join two children on a magical journey through the Solar System, aided by a talking astronomy book, a cardboard rocket, and a vivid imagination. During this imaginative show, audiences will land on Venus, fly through the rings of Saturn, and discover the secrets of the Solar System. The program includes a tour of the sky highlighting which planets are visible.

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Dawn of the Space Age

July 20 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Emera Astronomy Center & Jordan Planetarium, 167 Rangeley Rd
Orono, ME 04469 United States
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$4 – $12

Experience the exciting beginnings of space travel, from the launch of Sputnik 1 to the Apollo landings on the Moon, and from the assembly of the International Space Station to the first private space flights. Trace the initial competition of political systems for supremacy in space, and the peaceful collaboration between nations today. Join in the vivid, historically accurate reconstruction of humans first steps into the cosmos. Learn about the men and women who braved the risks of space travel.…

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Cosmic Recipe

July 20 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Fridays in July
Emera Astronomy Center & Jordan Planetarium, 167 Rangeley Rd
Orono, ME 04469 United States
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$4 – $12

The famous astronomer Carl Sagan once said: “If you wish to make an apple pie from scratch, you must first invent the universe.” Though that may sound crazy, Sagan was onto something BIG! Want to know what? Pull up a chair at our Planetarium’s Periodic Table and learn the cosmic recipes that created everything in our world – even us! Discover how the Big Bang cooked up everyday elements such as the calcium in our teeth, the silicon in our…

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Life of Trees

July 22 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Sundays in July
Emera Astronomy Center & Jordan Planetarium, 167 Rangeley Rd
Orono, ME 04469 United States
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$4 – $12

Join a cheeky ladybug called Dolores and a quirky firefly called Mike take the audience on an adventurous journey of exploration into the wondrous world of trees. Attend the Creepy Crawlies Educational Institution to find out how trees live and their importance to the wider environment. On the excursion, Delores and Mike zip around a tree, and in doing so, playfully learn its secrets: How do plants get their food from the Sun? How do they grow? How does water…

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To Space and Back

July 24 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Emera Astronomy Center & Jordan Planetarium, 167 Rangeley Rd
Orono, ME 04469 United States
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$4 – $12

Space exploration, our greatest adventure, is having a big impact on our lives. It is helping us to discover a universe of unimaginable scale and beauty, and it is reaching down into our world and influencing the way we live. This is an extraordinary story of human ingenuity and incredible engineering, describing how the technology that transports us through space is paving the way for the devices and apps we use every day. What is happening above is coming back…

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In My Backyard

July 26 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Emera Astronomy Center & Jordan Planetarium, 167 Rangeley Rd
Orono, ME 04469 United States
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$4 – $12

With song and colorful animation, it is an adventure to explore a backyard like this one with children’s songwriter, Fred Penner, of Nickelodeon fame. His excitement and love of nature takes visitors on a tour of daytime discovery and then the wonders of the night sky. The changing seasons, rainbows, constellation patterns, planets and moon phases set to music are just a few of the treats in store. From day to night to sunrise, looking at the world and space…

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Magic Treehouse: Space Mission

July 27 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Emera Astronomy Center & Jordan Planetarium, 167 Rangeley Rd
Orono, ME 04469 United States
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$4 – $12

Travel with the brother-sister duo, Jack and Annie, in their Magic Treehouse, as they discover a note that asks them to answer a series of six questions about space. With the help of an astronomer, the Internet, an astronaut, books and the writer of the mysterious note, Jack and Annie are taken on a wondrous journey of adventure and learning. Based on the popular book series by Mary Pope Osborne. Includes a tour of Maine's night sky!

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Cosmic Journey

July 30 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Emera Astronomy Center & Jordan Planetarium, 167 Rangeley Rd
Orono, ME 04469 United States
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$4 – $12

In Cosmic Journey: A Solar system adventure, you will travel through our solar system faster than the speed of light, taking in the wonders of the planets and their moons. Volcanoes tower 80,000 feet above a barren surface. Monstrous hurricanes rage for 400 years. And multicolored rings sit suspended in space. Explore our solar system in this exciting program which includes a tour of the night sky!

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