Planetarium plays prehistoric presentations


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The BYU-Idaho Planetarium, located in room 107 of the George S. Romney Building, hosts four shows, one for each month of the semester, each about the planets and the stars.

“The public shows are every Thursday at 7 p.m. and are $2 a person and tickets are sold at the door,” said Stephen McNeil, the director of the Planetarium.

McNeil said that each month, there is a different show.

The Wonders of the Universe, presented in May, gives the audience the experience of going back in time and seeing how the universe was created, according to the planetarium Web page.

In June, experience the amazing journey of two prehistoric Dolichorhynchops, and their adventures under the sea, according to the Web page.

“In July, we usually do the Dawn of the Space Age, which talks about the space race to the Moon between us and the Soviet Union,” McNeil said.

The Planetarium’s main emphasis is on astronomy and educating the general public about the fascinations of the universe.

“It is to help introduce the public to the night sky because, nowadays, most people don’t look up anymore and city lights tend to obscure what’s in the night sky unless they go camping,” McNeil said. “People don’t realize what’s up in the night sky anymore. So part of every show we do is to reacquaint the audience with the night sky.”

McNeil said that every show is to help educate people on what is truly in the universe.

“It helps them to see the wonders of the workmanship of God’s hand,” McNeil said.

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