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Get a 3-D view of the sun at ‘Imiloa Astronomy Center

Get a stereo view of the sun at ‘Imiloa Astronomy Center’s planetarium show, “3-D Sun,” starting Saturday, Jan. 5.

From Earth we cannot look directly at the sun with human eyes. The film, playing at 3 p.m., gives audiences the chance to see the sun up close in dazzling, high-definition 3-D. Stand above the Arctic Circle and witness the most brilliant auroras on Earth. Take a ride on a solar blast from the sun’s surface to Earth’s magnetosphere.

Witness the most powerful explosions in the solar system, equal to the force of a billion megaton nuclear bombs.

In October, 2006 NASA launched twin spacecraft from a single rocket in Florida, a Solar Terrestrial Relations Observatory (STEREO) spacecraft that is designed to capture high-definition 3D images of the Sun.

The twin STEREO spacecraft provide one “eye” each on opposite sides of the Earth and offer unparalleled 3D detail of the sun.

Audiences will first experience the 3-D rocket launch in seat shaking 5.1 stereo, then witness a 3-D animation of the spacecrafts separating and floating through space to their final vantage point and ultimately see and analyze 3-D Sun images that only scientists usually get to see.

‘Imiloa Astronomy Center will also offer its signature show, “Mauna Kea: Between Earth and Sky,” daily at 1 p.m., and, at 2 p.m., “Awesome Light I: Big Mirrors on the Mountain,” a 3-D offering.

‘Imiloa is open to the public from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday (closed Mondays). For more information, visit the website at or call 969-9700 (for recorded information) or 969-9703 if you have further questions.


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