Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Supermassive Black Hole in M87

Supermassive black hole at the heart of the galaxy M87.
Credit: Event Horizon Telescope Collaboration
In the April 2019 public planetarium shows, we featured the fulldome film From Earth to the Universe. We also talked about the exciting announcement from the previous week — the first image of a black hole. Black holes are hard to wrap your brain around. Below you will find links to help you understand what you are seeing in the image.

  • Article on the Event Horizon Telescope website explaining the image.
  • Zoom in video from viewing the entire galaxy down to the center of the galaxy where the black hole is found.
  • Excellent video from Veritasium explaining what we are seeing in the image. This is from before the announcement was made, and isn't referring directly to M87, but still very helpful. He has also produced an update video after the announcement.

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Exploring Mars

Curiosity Selfie (Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS)
In our March public planetarium shows we're Exploring Mars. There are so many incredible resources out there, we hope you will continue to explore Mars on your own after the program! Here are a few of our favorites.


  • Google Mars: Google Earth for Mars.
  • NASA Mars Videos: A host of Mars videos to learn more.
  • NASA Eyes: Explore a model of InSight and more!
  • Mars Trek: This interactive map can take you to landing sites, the path taken by Mark Watney in The Martian movie, and more!