Invade the Cernan Center

t rex 2For the next two months, The Cernan Earth and Space Center on Triton College’s River Grove campus will serve as a modern-day time machine, transporting audiences back in time to when dinosaurs ruled the earth and sky.

“Dinosaurs at Dusk” is a whirlwind adventure exploring the earth when it was filled with Pterosaurs and other feathered dinosaurs, which may be the ancestors of modern-day birds. Join Lucy and her father as they fly through the Triassic, Jurassic and Cretaceous eras searching for clues about the origins of flight. They soar above cliffs and canyons; all the while chasing, and sometimes running away from, a wide variety of dinosaurs. This extraordinary fulldome, digital planetarium experience is suitable for dinosaur devotees of all ages.

Showings of “Dinosaurs at Dusk” are Saturdays at 7 p.m.* and Sundays at 2 p.m., from Feb. 6 through March 27. Admission is $8 for adults, $4 for children ages 2 to 12 and senior citizens 55 and over. Children under 2 and Triton College students with a current semester ID are free.

*Please note “Monthly Skywatch” will replace “Dinosaurs at Dusk” on Saturdays Feb 27 and Mar 19.

Best of the Beatles

Enjoy the Beatles as you never have before as stunning laser light complements the timeless tunes of the Fab Four in this anthology featuring 17 favorites including “Octopus’ Garden,” “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds,” “Yesterday,” “Twist and Shout” and many more.

You can catch “Best of the Beatles” Saturdays at 8:30 p.m. and Sundays at 3 p.m., from Feb. 6 through March 27. Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for children ages 2 to 12 and senior citizens 55 and over. Children under 2 and Triton College students with a current semester ID are free.

Early Explorers Program

The Cernan Center’s new ‘Early Explorers’ program introduces young scientists and curious minds to the wonders of the universe at the Cernan Earth and Space Center. These programs are suitable for children 3 to 7 years old and most adults.

“Rusty Rocket’s Last Blast” is the first show to be featured for Early Explorers at the Cernan Center. After decades of teaching, Rusty Rocket has decided to retire after he leads one final mission. The audience will join this class of rocket rookies as they learn the basics of rocket science and explore the great distances between the planets on their first tour of the solar system.

“Rusty Rocket’s Last Blast” will be presented Wednesdays at 9:45 a.m. from Feb. 3 through March 30.* Admission is $3 for adults and children ages 2 and above. Children under 2 and Triton College students with a current semester ID are free.

*Please note “Our Place in Space” will be shown on Wednesday March 9 instead of “Rusty Rocket’s Last Blast.”

Monthly Skywatch

Monthly Skywatch offers your opportunity to bask in the wonder of the nighttime sky.  The events are set for Feb. 27 and March 19 at 7 p.m. at the Cernan Center. Following Monthly Skywatch, a ‘Star Party’ will feature telescopes set up outside for people to observe the Moon, planets and other celestial sights for FREE. Telescopes are provided by the Chicago Astronomical Society and Cernan Center staff.

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