By Arleeny Escarcega
Tessmann Planetarium is starting a new show this week focusing on the cosmic secrets of our universe.
Last May, the planetarium re-opened after an extensive two-year renovation and has since hosted shows about astronomical discoveries for students and community members of all ages.
Now, it launches Mysteries of the Cosmos, the newest feature added to the planetarium’s schedule, presented by Bob Menn, the planetarium coordinator and program director. The first showing will be Feb. 17 at 11 a.m. with weekly screenings through June 3, 2016.
“Mysteries of the Cosmos explores a number of profound questions such as: ‘Where do water and ice come from in our solar system?’ ‘Why is there life on Earth and not on Mars?’ ‘Why does Venus revolve in the wrong direction?’ ‘Do comets carry the seeds of life?’ and, ‘Is Jupiter a failed star?” Menn said. The show will also reveal secrets about Pluto. It is recommended for children in third grade or older.
Other Tessman shows include: What Color Is Your Planet, How Rare Is Earth and A Tour of Our Solar System. For younger audiences, Can You See in the Dark? is also offered.
The planetarium presents $6 shows Monday through Saturday mornings. Saturday evening shows cost $7. Santa Ana College and Santiago Canyon College students and faculty can enter at no charge by showing their I.D.
Showtimes and tickets are available on the planetariums official website.