The planetarium at Henderson State University’s Reynolds Science Center has scheduled four public shows this spring. From the Magellan probe’s mapping of Venus to recent images from the Hubble space telescopes, visitors will learn about the planets on the planetarium’s 360-degree panoramic screen. Numerous projectors are used to display video and slides, which are combined with a modern sound system.

The planetarium at Henderson State University’s Reynolds Science Center has scheduled four public shows this spring. From the Magellan probe’s mapping of Venus to recent images from the Hubble space telescopes, visitors will learn about the planets on the planetarium’s 360-degree panoramic screen. Numerous projectors are used to display video and slides, which are combined with a modern sound system.
 The following shows are scheduled:
Two Small Pieces of Glass (25 minutes)
Jan. 28, 7 p.m..
This year is the 400th anniversary of Galileo’s discoveries with the telescope. This show discusses how telescopes work, describes the discoveries made with them, and looks at the largest telescopes in the world today.
Stars of the Pharoahs (36 minutes)
Feb. 18 and 25 at 7 p.m., and Feb. 21 at 2 p.m.
This is a second run of what may be the planetarium’s most detailed digital show. It discusses “the connection the ancient Egyptians felt with the stars… and recreates, in their original splendor, some of the most spectacular temples and tombs of the ancient world.”
Magellan: Report From Venus (30 minutes)
March 18, 7 p.m., and March 21 at 2 p.m.
This show gives results from the Magellan probe which did a radar mapping of the surface of Venus. It includes a spectacular simulation of a fly-over of Venus’ surface.
Hubble Vision 2 (30 minutes)
April 22 and 29, 7 p.m., and April 25 at 2 p.m.
This is an update of the recent Hubble Vision show giving more recent images from the Hubble space telescope.
All shows are open to the public. There is an admission charge of $3 per person. Henderson and Ouachita Baptist University faculty, staff, and students (with current IDs) will be admitted for $1. Extreme darkness is important to the effects of the shows, therefore, late arrivals will not be admitted. For more information, please contact Jim Duke, planetarium manager, at (870) 230-5006 or dukej@hsu.edu.