"Our Favorite Moon" Opens
at RMSC Strasenburgh Planetarium
ROCHESTER, NY - Audiences will enjoy a fresh look at our always-fascinating celestial companion in the RMSC Strasenburgh Planetarium's newest star show, "Our Favorite Moon," opening October 4. Recent images from Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter and other space probes will fill the Star Theater's high-res video system so viewers can explore craters, plains and mountains and see how the moon's pockmarked surface tells of a violent bombardment billions of years ago that was part of an enormous rearrangement of the entire solar system. The show will also review past space missions and investigate frequently asked questions such as: Why are the horns of a crescent moon tilted at different angles in different months? Why does the moon look larger when it's rising or setting? Why does the moon seem to follow you in a car?
In the second half of the show, the Planetarium's mighty star projector rises on its elevator and we take a tour of stars, constellations and planets appearing in the real sky, led by a live star show presenter.
"The combination of a personally presented, live sky tour and a dramatically crafted multimedia segment exploring some astronomical subject really seems to connect with our audience," says Planetarium director Steve Fentress. "Our own moon is always a topic of questions and conversation, so we're happy to devote a whole show to it."
Produced at the RMSC Strasenburgh Planetarium using material from NASA and other space agencies and observatories, "Our Favorite Moon" runs about 60 minutes and is suitable for ages 6 through adult. Performances continue on Saturdays, selected holidays, and the first Sunday of each month through the end of the year. The full show schedule is at www.rmsc.org/StrasenburghPlanetarium.