Central Texas College

Mayborn Science Theater offers Labor Day matinees

The Mayborn Science Theater, located on the campus of Central Texas College, will host a matinee tripleheader on Labor Day, Monday, September 1. Matinee tickets are $4 per person, per show.

The matinees open at 10 a.m. with “One World, One Sky: Big Bird’s Adventure.” The show is designed as an introduction to astronomy for young children. It will engage and nurture their natural sense of the night sky as the audience joins the furry friends of “Sesame Street” on an imaginary trip to the moon where they discover how different it is from Earth. The travelers also learn how to find the Big Dipper constellation and the North Star. There’s also a sing-along of “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star.”

At 11 a.m. is the laser light show “Spirit of America.” This patriotic show features an eclectic mix of inspirational orchestral, country and good old rock and roll music with artists such as Aaron Copeland, Lee Greenwood, Celine Dion, Brooks and Dunn, John Mellencamp, Garth Brooks and others.

Then at 12 p.m. is the full-dome show “Stars: Powerhouses of the Universe.” Narrated by Mark Hamill of “Star Wars,” the show takes the audience on a journey to the furthest reaches of the galaxy to experience both the beauty and destructive powers of stars. The show focuses on the lives of the stars, how they are born, how they die and how human understanding of the stars has changed over time. From Native Americans to Newton, from the electromagnetic spectrum to Einstein, audiences will explore nebulae, star clusters, pulsars, black holes and more.

In addition to weekday matinees, the Mayborn Science Theater offers weekend public shows on Friday and Saturday nights and an afternoon of matinee shows on Saturday starting at 11 a.m. Show schedules, descriptions, directions to the theater and membership information can be found at www.starsatnight.org.