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Journey to the Stars is the first new planetarium show at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science in almost two years. Developed by the American Museum of Natural History in New York City, Journey takes the audience on a tour from a sunset in Central Park to the farthest reaches of the galaxy. "It's a pretty exciting and dynamic look at the stars phenomenon — how they move and change, live and die, and basically what we know about them," says Dan Neafus, planetarium operations director. Using data gathered by telescopes and satellites — as well as theoretical scientific modeling — advanced scientific simulations were developed with computer graphics. Combining these stunning visual simulations with a conversational script narrated by Whoopi Goldberg, Journey boils down complex scientific ideas and provides visuals to support those phenomena.

The show, with an overall theme of the life and death of stars, opens today in the museum's Gates Planetarium, 2001 Colorado Boulevard. "The amazing thing is how advanced science and astronomy have become," says Neafus. “We understand things that are so far away. The fact that humankind can even gather this information is fascinating. It's more amazing than anything you'll see on Star Trek."

Ticket prices vary; for more information, call 303-370-6000 or go to
Starts: June 11. Daily, 2010


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