FORT PIERCE - Treasure Coast Star Trek fans will soon have the opportunity to boldly go where no one has gone before, accompanied by Captain Janeway from Star Trek: Voyager.
The state-of-the-art Hallstrom Planetarium at Indian River State College in Fort Pierce will debut “The Planets,” a full-dome immersive presentation of our solar system, on Fri., April 16 at 6 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., followed by two afternoon shows on Sat., April 17 at 1 p.m. and 2:30 p.m.
Hallstrom Planetarium shows are live multimedia presentations that use special-effect projectors to tell stories about the planets and stars.
In a recorded narration created especially for “The Planets,” actor Kate Mulgrew (Captain Janeway) will guide attendees on a one-hour tour exploring the surface of Mars, the perils of the asteroid belt, the cold rings of stormy gas planets, and the features of other solar systems.
The voyage will be conducted from the comfort of reclining seats. While the planetarium has a normal capacity of 71, seating will be limited to maintain CDC and social distancing guidelines. Voyagers are encouraged to purchase tickets in advance to avoid being shut out.
Also on Sat., April 11 a.m., the planetarium presents a special show for children called “Kid Space: Sky Show for Young Astronomers.” Designed for ages four to 12, Kid Space features scientific voyages of discovery to learn about the stars, constellations, the moon, and planets.
Visitors should also be aware that The Hallstrom Planetarium's temperature is maintained at 72 degrees. Keep that in mind as you decide how to dress. Even if it’s 90 degrees outside, it may feel a bit chilly for some inside.
If you can’t make the shows next weekend or if you get shut out of tickets, the two shows will return to the planetarium May 21-22.
Both “The Planets” and “Kid Space” cost $5 per person. Space is provided for guests with wheelchairs.
Tickets can be purchased at the IRSC Box Office in the McAlpin Fine Arts Center lobby on the IRSC Massey Campus at 3209 Virginia Ave., Fort Pierce, Mon.-Fri., 11 a.m.-3 p.m., or by calling the box office at 1 (800) 220-9915.
The Hallstrom Planetarium is located in Building N on the Massey Campus.
For more information, visit www.irsc.edu/community/planetarium.html.