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September 2006

Release Date: September 12, 2006

ASU Planetarium Presents Cosmic Fireworks

Viewers can enjoy the most impressive fireworks show in the galaxy during "Point of No Return," the latest presentation of the Angelo State University Planetarium, exploring how galactic black holes form and their effect on the space and time that surrounds them.

"Point of No Return" is being presented at 8 p.m. Thursdays through Nov. 16 at the ASU Planetarium in the Vincent Nursing-Physical Science Building at 2333 Vanderventer on the ASU campus.

A barrage of holiday 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. "Point of No Return" examines some of the most energetic cosmic 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 most intriguing phenomenon of nature: super massive black holes. "Point of No Return" sheds light on our understanding of black holes.

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, call the ASU Planetarium at 942-

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