Museum of Science Presents a World Premiere -- Moons: Worlds of Mystery

December 19, 2012

Boston - On Saturday, December 22, 2012, visitors to the Museum of Science, Boston can journey through our solar system to explore some of its most misunderstood celestial objects at the world premiere of Moons: Worlds of Mystery. The 35-minute show at the Charles Hayden Planetarium, New England’s most technologically advanced digital theater, investigates how these strange worlds are changing the way we understand planets and the solar system.

Created by the Planetarium staff and narrated by Ed Helms, Moons: Worlds of Mystery reveals the remarkable diversity of moons, as well as the significant, yet unsung roles they play in our solar system.

“When people think about moons, they often think of ours – what it looks like and where it is in the night sky – but they rarely think about how the Moon affects our planet or the significant roles moons play throughout the solar system,” said Dani LeBlanc, Planetarium show producer, who also wrote the script. “The Moon’s gravitational pull on Earth’s water makes our tides. Without the Moon, you and I might not even be here. Moons’ orbits can change, and even collide with one another. Audiences will learn that not only are we constantly discovering new moons, but also that we are learning more about our solar system by studying them.”

From volcanoes and geysers to ice-covered oceans and methane rain, moons have some spectacular features, and many even exert a surprising influence on their planetary partners. Visitors will learn what these celestial bodies reveal about the history and workings of our solar system.

Following the Planetarium’s award-winning original show Undiscovered Worlds: The Search Beyond Our Sun which investigates new planets outside our solar system, Moons: Worlds of Mystery demystifies our solar system’s moons and debunks the misconception that these cosmic satellites are little more than dusty rocks orbiting in space.

Using scientific data from Sky-Skan’s DigitalSky 2 software and stunningly rendered animations and artistic interpretations from the Planetarium’s talented artists and technical experts, with input from Matt Holman, PhD, Smithsonian Astrophysicist and Lecturer at Harvard University, Moons: Worlds of Mystery provides a modern, comprehensive view of our solar system. “Our moons are storytellers,” said Holman. “Their orbits, cratered and cracked surfaces, and compositions record the events that have shaped our solar system, and it has been exciting to help the Museum of Science bring those tales to the public.”

“We hope people will walk away with a deeper understanding the next time they step outside at night, and look up at the Moon,” adds LeBlanc. “The solar system is a complex, beautiful system, and moons are a significant part of it.”

Moons: Worlds of Mystery will be presented daily beginning Saturday, December 22, 2012. Admission to the Charles Hayden Planetarium is $10 for adults, $9 for seniors (60+) and $8 for children (3-11). For information on tickets and showtimes, please call 617-723-2500, 617-589-0417 (TTY) or online at mos.org. Join the conversation on Twitter with #MOSMoons.

Show Credits

Moons: Worlds of Mystery

Produced by the staff of the Charles Hayden Planetarium, Museum of Science, Boston

Narrated by: Ed Helms

Music composed by: Sheldon Mirowitz

Planetarium Director: David Rabkin

Writer/Producer: Danielle Khoury LeBlanc

Animation and Effects Artists: Charles Wilcox, Wade Sylvester, Heather Fairweather, Jason Fletcher

Systems and Technical Coordinator: Darryl Davis

Sound Design and Audio Engineer: R. Berred Ouellette

Production Support: Amanda Thompson, Talia Sepersky, Elise Jortberg, Lindsay Barbieri

Science Advisor: Matt Holman, PhD, Harvard University

About the Museum of Science
One of the world's largest science centers and Boston's most attended cultural institution, the Museum introduces about 1.5 million visitors a year to science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) via dynamic programs and hundreds of interactive exhibits. Founded in 1830, the Museum was first to embrace all the sciences under one roof. Highlights include the Thomson Theater of Electricity, Charles Hayden Planetarium, Mugar Omni Theater, Gordon Current Science & Technology Center, 3-D Digital Cinema and Butterfly Garden. Reaching 25,000 teens a year worldwide via the Intel Computer Clubhouse Network, the Museum also leads a 10-year, $41 million National Science Foundation-funded Nanoscale Informal Science Education Network of science museums. The Museum’s “Science Is an Activity” exhibit plan has been awarded many NSF grants and influenced science centers worldwide. Its National Center for Technological Literacy®’s engineering curricula have reached 45,800 teachers and close to 3.8 million students nationwide. The Museum has also: been recognized by Boston and Cambridge for its energy and sustainability efforts; named an Employer of Choice by Work Without Limits, a Massachusetts disability employment initiative; is Yankee Magazine's "Best of New England Readers' Choice" for Cultural Attraction in Science; is El Planeta's Best Tourist Attraction for the Massachusetts Latino population; and Undiscovered Worlds: The Search Beyond Our Sun was recognized as the “Best Immersive—Fulldome Program” by the Jackson Hole Science Media Awards. Visit http://www.mos.org. Follow the Museum of Science on Twitter at @MuseumOfScience or Facebook at www.facebook.com/museumofscience.

Press Contacts

AJ Gosselin: 617.589.0251 or agosselin@mos.org Lauren Crowne: 617.589.0250 or lcrowne@mos.org

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