New Rowan planetarium show features bad astronomy

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Were the Apollo visits to the moon actually a hoax?  Have aliens landed on Earth?  Can you tell your future by the stars?  The new show at the Edelman Planetarium, Bad Astronomy: Myths and Misconceptions, tackles questions to that effect and pseudoscience head-on.

Were the Apollo visits to the moon actually a hoax?  Have aliens landed on Earth?  Can you tell your future by the stars?  The new show at the Edelman Planetarium, Bad Astronomy: Myths and Misconceptions, tackles questions to that effect and pseudoscience head-on.

Based on the popular book and website of the same name, Bad Astronomy offers a unique and fun approach to learning about the cosmos.  Join the “Bad Astronomer” Phil Plait as he takes a critical look at popular myths and misconceptions and shows audiences how science can be used to evaluate extraordinary claims.

Created by the staff of the Dassault Systemes Planetarium in Detroit, and adapted and enhanced by Edelman Planetarium Director Keith Johnson, Bad Astronomy will appeal to both expert astronomers and casual sky gazers of all ages as it examines bad science wherever it can be found.

Opening Saturday, Jan. 16, Bad Astronomy will play at the Rowan University facility on Saturday evenings at 7 p.m. through March 6.

Also playing on Saturday nights is the laser show Pink Floyd: The Wall at 8:15 p.m. This show is appropriate for people about eight years of age and older. Admission fees for either show are $5 for adults, $3 for seniors older than 60, $3 for children 12 and younger and $3 for Rowan students with ID. Each show requires a separate ticket. More information about the two shows and about the planetarium is available at the planetarium Web site at www.rowan.edu/planetarium.

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