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January 12th, 2022

New Dome Show “Worlds Beyond Earth” Opens at Clark Planetarium

Human Rights trailblazer and Oscar-winning actress narrates the film

SALT LAKE CITY — Clark Planetarium is pleased to announce its opening of a new dome show “Worlds Beyond Earth,” which features stunning visuals of distant worlds and breathtaking depictions the solar system.

The film will play two to three times daily, starting Martin Luther King Holiday weekend (Saturday, Jan. 15) in the planetarium’s Hansen Dome Theatre. “Worlds Beyond Earth,” is narrated by “Black Panther” star Lupita Nyong’o, who also won an Academy Award for her performance in the film, “12 Years a Slave.”

“Worlds Beyond Earth,” celebrates the Age of Exploration carried out over the last 50 years by robotic space explorers. Film viewers will experience, in 360-degree immersion, specular views of events ranging from landing on the gray, cratered surface of the Moon to experiencing flying through the impressive, swirling rings of Saturn bubbling with house-sized moonlets.

Clark Planetarium’s Dome Theatre Manager Brandon Crowley described the film as a “greatest hits compilation of exploration missions in the solar system.” Crowley added, “We've discovered an extraordinary number of new things about the universe in just the last few decades. This show's stellar graphics and fantastic narration by Lupita Nyong'o bring those discoveries to life.”

“Worlds Beyond Earth,” was created by an award-winning team of scientists, educators, and science visualization experts. It is based on authentic data from missions launched by NASA, European Space Agency (ESA), and Japan Aerospace Exploration (JAXA), as well as from telescopes, supercomputer simulations, and research conducted at institutions around the globe.

Clark Planetarium is Utah’s premier astronomy learning museum located in Salt Lake City at the Gateway Center in Salt Lake City. The Planetarium’s mission is to inspire, engage and connect patrons to the vast opportunities related to astronomy and STEM. Exhibits are free to explore, and are open to the public, 354 days per year and accommodates more than 300,000 visitors annually. Tickets for shows in the Dome or IMAX theaters can be bought in person or online.

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