The William M Thomas Planetarium will show "IBEX: Search for the Edge of the Solar System" on Thursday evening, March 18 from 7:30 to 8:30 PM. Doors will open 30 minutes before the show starts for seating and will be closed during the one-hour program with no late admittance. Tickets are available for $5.50/adults and $3.50/seniors from the Bakersfield College Ticket Office only (tickets will NOT be sold at the door). The BC Ticket Office is in Business Services (395-4326) and the William M Thomas Planetarium is on the second floor, northwest end of the Math-Science Building, Room 112. The map below shows you where the ticket office and the planetarium are. No food, drink, or gum/candy is allowed in the planetarium. Children must be 5 years or older.
The show will begin with a tour of the evening sky using the planetarium's Goto Chronos star projector. After that we will be treated to the full-dome show "IBEX: Search for the Edge of the Solar System" from the Adler Planetarium. This full-dome 28-minute show uses our Spitz SciDome to investigate the boundary between our Solar System and the rest of our galaxy. Designed for audiences with an appreciation for the challenges of space science and a desire to learn more about science research, IBEX: Search for the Edge of the Solar System follows the creation of NASA's Interstellar Boundary Explorer (IBEX). Audiences will get an in-depth look at the mission and how IBEX is collecting high-speed atoms to create a map of our Solar System's boundary.
Narrated by two inquisitive teenagers, audiences will hear from the scientists and engineers that developed the IBEX mission and created the spacecraft, and get the latest updates on the mission's discoveries. The Adler worked with NASA and SwRI to produce the IBEX show with visualizations from the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA).
A PowerPoint overview of IBEX, including why the data IBEX is collecting is important to life on Earth, in PDF is available (a 19.8 MB download). For more information about IBEX, visit the mission website at http://ibex.swri.edu. There is a Students section that presents the IBEX mission and the science it will investigate in a FAQ format.
Also see the map section of the website for a more detailed map to the planetarium, disabled access and driving directions.
last updated: January 7, 2010
Webpage contact: Nick Strobel