Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

September 16, 2013

'Laser Zeppelin' to be shown Saturday

Staff report
The Independent

PRESTONSBURG — The East Kentucky Science Center and Planetarium is known for its mesmerizing laser shows, a 40-foot domed planetarium, full-dome video system and one of the most powerful sound systems in the state.

 Perhaps the most popular laser show has been “Laser Zeppelin,” which the center will have as a special one-time showing at 7 p.m. Saturday.

 Choreographed to classic Led Zeppelin songs, the show includes “Stairway to Heaven,” “Kashmir,” “The Song Remains the Same” and more.

 Doors open at 6 p.m. Saturday; admission is $5.

 The planetarium features some of the most modern equipment in the world, including a GOTO Chronus Star Projector — one of only 16 in the world. Before the show, spectators will be able to take a tour through the night sky through the star field produced by the projector. The planetarium also is featuring its “energee!” exhibit.

The interactive exhibit introduces energy concepts featuring topics on coal, natural gas, kinetic energy, light and more. The exhibit was designed to teach energy concepts through a series of individual displays and activities. One area of the exhibit harnesses the energy produced as one pumps water over a wheel to generate enough electricity to light a bulb. Another area lets one launch an air rocket by pumping air into the bottle and pressing the launch button to send it flying up a tube.

 The planetarium is open from 1 to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday. Admission is $6 for adults and $4 for children and seniors. Ages 4 and younger are admitted free.

For more information, call (606) 889-4809 or email srusso0002@kctcs.edu.