The Center For Earth and Space Science Education is taking families on a journey to the bottom of the ocean.

The planetarium at Tyler Junior College is on a mission to educate the community about the perils of ocean acidification with its newest exhibit.

“The exhibit focuses on coral reefs and the life found around them,” center coordinator Brian Kremer said. “We look at acidification and how it puts that life in danger.”

The exhibit features multiple interactive displays, which tell viewers about different types of reefs and how the ocean acidifies as it heats up. It also has a faux coral tunnel for children and scuba gear on a boat and features a microscope equipped with samples of coral at different stages of damage.

“They get to (experience) hands on the difference between a healthy reef and one exposed to acidification caused by warmer ocean water,” Kremer said.

The planetarium itself boasts a 40-foot domed theater.

After taking in the exhibit, families can watch shows about the exhibit or a variety of other subjects, such as seasonal shows and documentaries that take the viewer across the universe.

“We want to educate people,” Kremer said. “(Our goal) is to get the public interested while offering an entertaining way to get immersed in the subject.”

The planetarium also hosts a variety of events throughout the year. Next up is Science Saturday on Jan. 21. The event will let families learn through hands-on science experiments.

On Feb. 4, the planetarium will host a Star Party with telescope stations set up for use and a look at constellations and galaxies on the theater’s domed screen. The planetarium also will host Valentine’s parties on Friday, Feb. 10, and Saturday, Feb. 11.

Tickets for shows can be purchased at www.sciencecenter.TJC.edu.

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Upcoming shows, beginning Jan. 3

Earth, Moon and Sun

From Earth to the Universe

Hidden Universe

Live Sky Tonight

National Parks Adventure

Ocean Wonderland

Wild Ocean

 

 

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Cory is a multimedia journalist and member of the Education Writers Association, Criminal Justice Journalists and Investigative Reporters and Editors. He has appeared on The Murder Tapes, Crime Watch Daily and Grave Mysteries on Investigation Discovery.