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Published: 04/19/2007

LodeStar Premieres New Show that Shines Brilliantly!

LodeStar will add a stunning new show to the line-up of digital dome theater (aka planetarium) shows beginning Saturday, May 5: Heart of the Sun takes an unprecedented and unforgettable look at our life-giving star and is presented in large-format, immersive, ultra-high digital video. Heart of the Sun will be presented for a limited engagement and through special arrangement with the show’s directors and distributors.

Heart of the Sun: Journey from the ancient mysteries of the past to the cutting-edge science of the present. From
the Neolithic sky watchers of Europe to the solar observatories and blood sacrifice of Mesoamerica to the
sun gods of the Egyptians and Greeks and the dawning of Aristotelian science. The ‘film’ reveals how the
development of our whole cosmology has been informed by our struggle with the oldest of mysteries. Experience
the story that shows how that process continues today as the sheer strangeness of our nearest star continues to
challenge our imagination, science and technology.

Witness our shining star (the Sun) as you have never seen it before! Unprecedented cooperation by the European Space Agency, NASA, the Japanese Space Agency and many others made possible the capture and presentation of many of these recent sun images - to the delight of the many scientists working on the projects. The scientists simply never had the millions of dollars required to translate the data into high definition motion pictures.

New space-based telescopes and terrestrial instruments captured breathtaking, high-resolution motion pictures of our sun, never before seen in a full dome theater! Until now, when audiences can visit LodeStar and travel through time and space to the Heart of the Sun and experience the “Sun Shine!” See the fine surface detail of our sun’s corona and view vast eruptions occurring with unprecedented clarity.

 
Heart of the Sun is a ultra-high-definition fulldome digital presentation by John Weiley – maker of multi-award winning IMAX films including Antarctica, Solar Max and the hit 3D production Imagine. This new show runs as the second show in the double feature along with Black Holes: The Other Side of Infinity, which provides a groundbreaking, scientifically
accurate perspective on black holes and the latest compelling evidence that these cosmic curiosities are real. To do so, the show brings audiences on a thrilling ride to the inside of a supermassive black hole and uses real astronomical data to
create the stunning visuals.
 
Heart of the Sun & Black Holes: The Other Side of Infinity will run daily through June 30.
New Show Schedule (effective May 5):
Black Holes: The Other Side of Infinity & Heart of the Sun – 12:00pm, 1:00pm, 2:00pm & 3:00pm
Prices: Admission to each show is $7 for adults, $6 for seniors, and $4 for children ages 3-12.
Opening Weekend of Heart of the Sun: Saturday, May 5 & Sunday, May 6, 2007.
Tickets are ½ price on opening weekend.
 
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