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The Department of Physics and Astronomy at Rowan University will begin its annual Spring Equinox program on Saturday, March 20, with a screening of five-time Emmy winner Paul Devlin’s acclaimed documentary “BLAST!” at 1 p.m. in the Edelman Planetarium located in Rowan University’s Science Hall. This event is open to the public; admission is $3.

The Department of Physics and Astronomy at Rowan University will begin its annual Spring Equinox program on Saturday, March 20, with a screening of five-time Emmy winner Paul Devlin’s acclaimed documentary “BLAST!” at 1 p.m. in the Edelman Planetarium located in Rowan University’s Science Hall. This event is open to the public; admission is $3.

In addition, Dr. Mark Devlin of the University of Pennsylvania will present the Equinox lecture titled “Finding Half the Starlight in the Universe: Adventures with the BLAST Experiment” on Thursday, March 25, at 7 p.m., in the auditorium of Rowan Hall, the College of Engineering building. This lecture is free and open to the public.

BLAST! is an astrophysics Indiana Jones-style story of space exploration in which filmmaker Paul Devlin follows his brother Mark as he leads a tenacious team of scientists hoping to figure out how galaxies formed by launching a revolutionary new telescope under a NASA high-altitude balloon.

Their adventure takes them from Arctic Sweden to Inuit polar bear country in Canada, where catastrophic failure forces the team to try all over again on the desolate ice in Antarctica. No less than the understanding of the evolution and origins of our Universe is at stake on this exciting escapade that seeks to answer humankind's most basic question, How did we get here?

BLAST! is about the crazy life of scientists. Their professional obsessions, personal and family sacrifices and philosophical and religious questioning all give emotional resonance to a suspenseful story of space exploration.

For more information and directions, visit www.rowan.edu/planetarium.

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