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Release Date: June 1, 2009ASU Logo

ASU Planetarium Presents ‘Oasis in Space’

The search for water worlds in the universe will be the focus of the star show “Oasis in Space,” beginning Thursday, June 4, in the Angelo State University Planetarium.

Show times are 8 p.m. Thursdays, June 4-25, with a special matinee show scheduled for 2 p.m. Saturday, June 20. The Planetarium is located in the ASU Vincent Nursing-Physical Science Building, 2333 Vanderventer.

“Oasis in Space” will transport the audience on a startling and beautiful voyage through our universe, galaxy and solar system in search of liquid water, a key ingredient for life on Earth. Life as we know it needs energy, nutrients and liquid water to form and survive. Of these three, liquid water is the most elusive and precious compound in our solar system.

Other planets receive energy from the sun and internal forces and there is plenty of carbon, the basic building block of life on Earth, available. There is even a great deal of frozen water and water vapor scattered throughout our solar system. However, as “Oasis in Space” will show, only Earth has abundant liquid water.

Audiences will be invited to journey through the solar system and gaze at beautiful images of the planets and their satellites. The show starts with Earth and its vast oceans that make life possible. One by one, it examines the other planets and moons, accompanied by full descriptions of their characteristics, such as atmosphere, temperature and composition. Spectacular pictures invite attendees to draw their own conclusions about the other orbiting bodies in our solar system and debate questions like, “Is there water out there?” and “Is there life beyond Earth?”

“Oasis in Space” is open to the public with admission prices of $3 for adults and $2 for children, students and senior citizens. ASU students, faculty and staff are admitted free.

For more information, contact Dr. Mark Sonntag at the Planetarium, 942-2136.

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