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Planetarium Presents "Black Holes: Journey into the Unknown"

March 4, 2013

KUTZTOWN, Pa. - Kutztown University's Planetarium is excited to present the show "Black Holes: Journey into the Unknown" on March 7 at 7:00 p.m. in the Grim Science building, room 100.

The show, which is narrated by Academy Award-winning actor Geoffrey Rush, introduces Einstein's theory of General Relativity and explains the discovery, both theoretical and observational, of black holes. Black holes are mysterious celestial objects where all the known laws of nature break down. Near one of these anomalies, space is warped and time seems to stand still. There are scores of black holes in our Milky Way Galaxy alone. In fact, a supermassive black hole lies at the center of most large galaxies, including our own. This planetarium show helps us imagine what it might be like to experience one of these gravitational monsters up close.

Last semester, the Planetarium got an upgrade as it added a modern 24-inch reflector telescope system and a full-dome digital projection system. Both are used for introductory astronomy laboratory exercises and the university's Astronomy Outreach Program. These renovations help ensure that STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) majors have access to the latest technology in the field for course work and research projects.

The planetarium seats 85 people and shows last approximately 1 hour. This event is free.