Zacheis Planetarium show addresses 2012 worries

(10-10-2012)

On Friday evening, Oct. 12, Adams State University’s Zacheis Planetarium will present two shows describing the Mayan people, their culture, and the popular rumors about their alleged prediction of the end of the world. The two shows will be presented back-to-back, first at 6 p.m., and again at 8 p.m. At 7:15, the planetarium will present one showing of “Black Holes: The Other Side of Infinity."

The Mayan programs are “Tales of Mayan Skies”, a full-dome movie describing the culture and mythology of the Mayans, and “2012: End of the World? NOT!,” an automated planetarium program describing what is known about the ancient Mayans and their culture, as well as their alleged prophecy of the end of the world on Dec. 21. It also provides a scientific view of the supposedly catastrophic events that are frequently cited as bringing about the end.

Telescopes will be available outside, weather permitting, from dusk until after the last show is over. All programs are free and open to the public, but tickets are required due to limited seating. Tickets for all shows will be available at the planetarium starting at 5:30 p.m. Friday evening.