One of the country’s most iconic landmarks is the Griffith Park Observatory in Los Angeles. You may remember the property’s vital role in the James Dean classic, Rebel Without A Cause where an innocent class trip to the planetarium marked the beginning of the movie’s struggles for its protagonist.
In Denver, sans the subsequent knife fights and chicken car challenges that Dean encountered, the planetarium at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science offers some wonderful excursions to feed the mind while also escaping the daily grind.
In Cosmic Journey: A Solar System Adventure, the audience travels through our solar system taking in the wonders of the planets and their moons. Volcanoes tower 80,000 feet above a barren surface, monstrous hurricanes rage for 400 years, and multicolored rings sit suspended in air.
Black Holes: The Other Side of Infinity documents the creation of the Milky Way Galaxy as well as the violent death of a star and subsequent birth of a black hole. Mathematical equations, cutting-edge science, and Einstein’s theories fill in holes along the way, while detailing this mysterious phenomenon that is the region of spacetime from which gravity prevents anything, including light, from escaping.
Finally, To Space and Back is a fascinating and timely exhibit that details how the technology that transports us through space is paving the way for the devices and apps we use every day.
Each of these planetarium shows run about 25 minutes and are playing through August 21st.
You’re going to want to spend more than a 25 minute planetarium show at the museum so may I suggest taking advantage of their IMAX 3D experience?
In particular, my attention is directed at the D-Day: Normandy 1944 feature. Normandy, France was the scene of the largest Allied operation of World War II. Tom Brokaw narrates the stunning accounts with computer-generated images and live action reenactments as well as historic photos and film to recount this history changing event.