Using the latest in global satellite technology, Digital Earth: Mesa Verde takes viewers on an unparalleled visual journey through Mesa Verde National Park. During tonight's showing, the cliff dwellings will be examined from past, present and future standpoints – and the screening will take advantage of the planetarium's unique ability to share three-dimensional images. Mesa Verde's architecture, rock formations and ancient weather patterns will also be touched on during this special engagement.
"People ask about [Mesa Verde inhabitants] – where did they go? Why did they disappear? – and I think that is the wrong question. I think the question we should be asking is, how did they make it for so long in that place?" says archeologist Steve Nash, a tree-ring specialist who will talk about how Mesa Verde was dated with the trees used to make structures.
In addition to Nash, geologist Bob Raynolds and space scientist Ka Chun Yu will also discuss the ancient dwellings and share their knowledge.
Digital Earth: Mesa Verde is a one-night-only event that begins at 7 p.m. at Gates Planetarium inside the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, 2001 Colorado Boulevard. Tickets are $8 for members, $10 for nonmembers. For tickets and information, visit dmns.org or call 303-322-7009.
Thu., Aug. 28, 7 p.m., 2014