'Extreme Weather on the Plains' at Mueller Planetarium

Released on 02/13/2006, at 2:00 AM
Office of University Communications
University of Nebraska–Lincoln

WHEN: Saturday, Feb. 18, 2006, through May. 28, 2006

WHERE: Mueller Planetarium, University of Nebraska State Museum (Morrill Hall), 14th & U Streets

Lincoln, Neb., February 13th, 2006 —

Beginning Feb. 18, visitors to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln's Mueller Planetarium will be able to travel along with storm chaser Mike Hollingshead of Blair as he explores northern lights, rain, hail, and tornados that expose the Plains states to nature's fury.

"Extreme Weather" will premier with a special schedule of presentations as part of the University of Nebraska State Museum's "Dinosaurs and Disasters" special event on Feb. 18. Starting Feb. 19, "Extreme Weather" will be presented on Saturdays and Sundays at 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. through the rest of the month.

In March, April and May, "Extreme Weather on the Plains" will show at 2 p.m., and the astronomy show "Point of No Return," will run at 3 p.m.

"Extreme Weather" runs 30 minutes in length and is a family planetarium experience created at Mueller Planetarium. "We are extremely fortunate to have Mike Hollingshead's images, videos and cooperation in producing this program," said Jack Dunn, coordinator of the planetarium. "The images are stunning and I think they do a great job of capturing the spirit of living on the plains."

Admission to planetarium shows is combined with admission to the NU State Museum. Tickets are $6 for adults and $4 for all elementary, secondary and UNL college students, staff and faculty.

The museum is in Morrill Hall, 14th and U streets on the UNL City Campus. Tickets for the shows are sold at the museum's front desk beginning at 9:30 a.m. Saturdays and 1:30 p.m. Sundays.

Planetarium show schedule:

Feb. 18 -- "Extreme Weather On the Plains," 11 a.m., noon, 2, 3 and 4 p.m.

Feb. 19, 25 and 26 -- "Extreme Weather On the Plains," 2 and 3 p.m.

March-May -- "Extreme Weather On the Plains," 2 p.m.; "Point of No Return: Quasars and Supermassive Black Holes," 3 p.m.

For further information, contact Dunn at (402) 472-2641 or jdunn1@unl.edu, or visit Hollingshead's Web site (www.extremeinstability.com). The Mueller Planetarium Web site is www.spacelaser.com.

CONTACT:Jack Dunn, Coordinator, Mueller Planetarium, (402) 472-2641