Celestial Smashups Seen in Cosmic Collisions
Celestial Smashups Seen in Cosmic Collisions Movie opens May 11 at the Burke Baker Planetarium

HOUSTON-Opening today, May 11, the Burke Baker Planetarium is proud to show Cosmic Collisions , narrated by Robert Redford, which launches visitors on a thrilling trip through space and time to explore the impacts that have shaped our universe through time.

Through groundbreaking scientific simulations and visualizations based on cutting-edge research developed by Museum astrophysicists, scientists at NASA, and other international colleagues, audiences will experience the explosive encounters that have shaped our solar system, changed the course of life on Earth, and continue to transform our galaxy.

Witness the violent face of our Sun, ejecting enormous streams of charged particles that produce the eerie glow of the aurora. Then look on as a wandering planetoid collides with Earth over four billion years ago to create the Moon. Another collision, a violent meeting of two stars at the edge of the galaxy, foretells the future collision of our Milky Way Galaxy with our closest neighboring spiral, the Andromeda Galaxy. This cosmic crash will produce a new giant elliptical galaxy billions of years from now.

For tickets, visit www.hmns.org or call (713) 639-4629.

The Houston Museum of Natural Science-one of the nation's most-heavily attended museums-is a centerpiece of the Houston Museum District. With four floors of permanent exhibit halls, including the Wortham Giant Screen Theatre, Cockrell Butterfly Center, Burke Baker Planetarium and George Observatory and as host to world-class and ever-changing touring exhibitions, the Houston Museum has something to delight every age group. With such diverse and extraordinary offerings, a trip to the Houston Museum of Natural Science, located at 5555 Hermann Park Drive in the heart of the Museum District, is always an adventure.


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