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July 2006

Release Date: July 25, 2006

Cosmic Fireworks Make for Stunning Show

A new show at the Angelo State University Planetarium explores cosmic fireworks through Aug. 10.

A barrage of skyrockets in the dark and a few loud bangs make a great show, but compared to astronomical eruptions, an earthly fireworks display is a whimper.  In “Point of No Return,” the audience will experience some of the most energetic events in the universe.

These tremendous cosmic explosions come from the hearts of active galaxies.  The flood of energy pouring out of active galaxies has its origin near one of the strangest phenomenon of nature: supermassive black holes.

“Point of No Return” is being presented at 8 p.m. Thursdays through Aug. 10 at the ASU Planetarium in the Vincent Nursing-Physical Science Building, 2333 Vanderventer.

The show explores how galactic black holes form and their effect on the space and time that surrounds them.

Admission price is $3 for adults and $2 for children, students and senior citizens.  ASU students, faculty and staff are admitted free.

For more information on "Point of No Return," call the planetarium at 942-2136.

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