Local Planetarium is Out of this World

Folks at the Museum of the Rockies are not afraid to ask the big questions, such as: why is the sky blue? Why is Mars red? They’re bringing the answers to Bozeman through the program “Cosmic Colors,” allowing audiences of all ages to explore the visual spectrum and beyond through a brilliant display.

The Taylor Planetarium is an integral part of the museum, and many events are held throughout the day. “Cosmic Colors,” (which has three showings daily) is dazzling yet educational. It was an intriguing program, and although the voice acting was a bit tacky, the audience was taken on an epic journey from the far reaches of known space to as close to home as the interior of the human eye. The show runs for about a half-hour, and is included with general admission into the Museum.

Rollie Goodman, a museum employee and grad student, values the planetarium because “not very many museums have them.” She also notes how programs like “Cosmic Colors” provide a different outlet for learning, ideal for individuals who want more than just reading from a book, or those who are just curious.

It is essential to note that the planetarium also has entertainment value unique from other media. The theatre chairs are very inviting, but the spectacular visual display is truly stellar. Projected onto the hemispherical dome are intense colors, breathtaking galaxies and many other sublime wonders of the universe, which beats watching a Tyler Perry movie on your laptop any day. Since the museum is just a stone’s throw away from campus, it is a great destination to take a study break, learn about the universe or just explore something new.

Another showing of interest is “The Big Sky Tonight”, which premiers with a unique installment every weekend: twice every Saturday and once every Sunday. This program delves into different patterns of the stars, and how dynamic our night sky can be.

Sometimes it can be hard to escape the fast pace of campus life. If you are looking for an opportunity to close the textbook, turn off the cell phone, and stop worrying about what time it is, the Museum of the Rockies is a great place to slow down and appreciate the world around you. And who knows, you might learn a thing or two while you are there!

Other museum exhibits of interest outside the planetarium include the world renowned dinosaur exhibit, multiple art galleries, the Living History Farm, the Historical Hall telling the story of Gallatin Valley, and many other interesting and worthwhile explorations. Admission is $10. “Cosmic Colors” plays Monday to Friday at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m., with weekend shows at 1p.m., 2p.m. and 4p.m. “The Big Sky Tonight — Autumn Skies” plays Saturdays at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. and Sundays at 3 p.m.

For more information about program dates and times, check out museumoftherockies.org or look at the MSU Events Calendar.