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PLANETARIUM REOPENS FEATURING EXCITING SKY SHOWS

Planetarium and stars

(Winnipeg, MB, August 10, 2020): The Planetarium at the Manitoba Museum reopens on Thursday, August 13, 2020 with three shows a day featuring the wonders of the night sky. Shows run at 11:30 am, 1:30 pm, and 3:30 pm to allow for the implementation of new pandemic protocols to keep visitors safe.

“We’re excited to be able to reopen the Planetarium, especially with so many exceptional events occurring in the night sky right now,” says Scott Young, Planetarium Astronomer at the Museum. “The recent comet NEOWISE has really created a buzz with the public, and we have Jupiter and Saturn coming into view, and then the annual Perseid meteor shower in this week. There are so many summer sky events coming up, and the Planetarium can play an important role in educating the public so they can view and better understand these events.”

The Planetarium will be running three shows per day, Thursday through Sunday. The Museum Galleries will be open from 11 am to 5 pm. Visitors are encouraged to bundle Museum Galleries and Planetarium admission and take a “Daycation” at the Museum for 15% off. The highly interactive and hands-on Science Gallery remains closed.

Pandemic precautions have been in place in the Museum Galleries since June. Safety measures in the Planetarium include reducing the audience to meet provincial capacity guidelines, closing alternating rows, and industry-approved cleaning procedures. In addition, signage and floor decals will ensure visitors are safely physically distanced. Groups will be seated in a manner similar to restaurants on a first-come, first-seated basis for all programs to further ensure social distancing.

In addition to the live sky tours, the Planetarium will offer a series of programs on astronomy and science. Each Planetarium show includes a live introduction to the night sky, highlighting the constellations and planets currently visible.

The schedule of shows for opening week is noted below, but visitors should check the Planetarium Schedule for the updated show times and program descriptions.

Thursday, August 13
11:30 am Zula Patrol: Down to Earth (special family show)
1:30 pm Manitoba Skies
3:30 pm Manitoba Skies

Friday, August 14
11:30 am Zula Patrol: Down to Earth (special family show)
1:30 pm The Search for Life: Are We Alone?
3:30 pm LIFE: A Cosmic Story

Saturday, August 15
11:30 am Zula Patrol: Down to Earth (special family show)
1:30 pm The Search for Life: Are We Alone?
3:30 pm LIFE: A Cosmic Story

Sunday, August 16
11:30 am Zula Patrol: Down to Earth (special family show)
1:30 pm Manitoba Skies
3:30 pm Manitoba Skies

Program Descriptions
Zula Patrol: Down to Earth (show for families with younger children): Based on the hit PBS television series, this animated show follows the Zula Patrol as they try to stop a time-traveling villain from destroying the planet. Aimed at families with children aged 3-11.

Manitoba Skies: Take a live guided tour of Manitoba’s summer sky. Our Planetarium Astronomer will highlight the constellations, planets, and celestial events that you can see on summer evenings, and answer your space questions.

The Search for Life: Are We Alone? Is there life on other worlds, and how can we know? Harrison Ford narrates this exploration of one of the biggest questions in science today, sharing what we know about life in the universe and how we can find it.

LIFE: A Cosmic Story: Jodie Foster narrates this documentary about the wonders of life on planet Earth. What have we learned about our own planet, and what does the study of other planets tell us about our own?

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For more information, please contact:
Jody Tresoor, Manager of Marketing & Communications
T: 204-988-0614 • C:204-228-2374 • [email protected]

 


About the Manitoba Museum
The Manitoba Museum is the province’s award-winning heritage and science centre. It is unique in its combination of human and natural history themes and renowned for its vivid portrayal of Manitoba’s rich and colourful history, Planetarium shows, and Science Gallery exhibits. The Museum features immersive dioramas, multi-dimensional interpretation, science and astronomy education, and quality school and community programs. The Museum has collected and protects 2.9 million artifacts and specimens, including the Hudson’s Bay Company Museum Collection.

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