“Fractals” and “Nanocams” at the Planetarium

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Photo courtesy Missouri Western State University

Photo courtesy Missouri Western State University

The Bushman Planetarium at Missouri Western State University will present two shows Thursday night that explores both nature’s infinite patterns and its tiniest life forms.

“Fractals” and “Nanocams,” begins at 7 p.m. in Agenstein Hall, room 147. Doors open 20 minutes before showtime.

“Fractals” gives viewers a tour of nature’s fractals, endlessly repeating patterns made from simple algebraic equations.

“Nanocams” explores life forms that are invisible to the human eye but contribute to a better understanding of the world we live in.

The planetarium features a Digistar 4 projection system and a dome that is tilted slightly, rather than directly overhead, making viewing easier. A 17-channel stereo sound system enhances the viewing experience.

Tickets can be purchased in advance at www.missouriwestern.edu/planetarium, or at the door. Tickets are $5 for adults, $3 for children, students, military and seniors.

The planetarium presents an encore of the Jan. 11 show, “Sea Monsters,” on February 23.

“Sea Monsters,” narrated by Liev Schreiber, takes viewers on a journey 80 million years back in time to when dinosaurs dominated the land and an equally astonishing assortment of ferocious creatures swam, hunted and fought for survival beneath the prehistoric seas.

For more information, visit the website or call 816-271-4288.