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Black Holes: DMNS Buys Into Space Craze


Space: the final frontier. The endless bounds of the universe no longer daunt the astroscientists of Earth, even when they’re faced with fantastical phenomena like black holes and the puncture those holes create in the fabric of space-time.

The Denver Museum of Nature & Science hosts a plethora of exciting exhibits, but the favorite of many is the Gates Planetarium, home to four spectacular shows about the impossible reign of space. Black Holes: The Other Side of Infinity packs a punch to viewers who were fruitlessly hoping to avoid an existential crisis in the middle of their film.

The planetarium itself is a relatively small room with stadium seating and a massive dome-shaped ceiling. The films are projected onto the ceiling for the ultimate viewing experience: audiences literally sit inside the movie. DMNS is giving it all its got in this 25-minute production.

The voice of Liam Neeson— yes, Liam Neeson—guides viewers through an explanation of one of the universe’s biggest mysteries. The film covers everything from the explosive formation of black holes, to the highly illogical structure and gravitational waterfalls, to the possibility of one residing in the middle of the Milky Way.

Stars and swirling galaxies fly by on-screen and let viewers feel like they’ve been beamed aboard a starship. However, those looking to get away from real-world chaos will not succeed in relaxing by submerging themselves in the world of black holes. Black Holes: The Other Side of Infinity has its phasers set to stun viewers and make them question their miniscule existence. T he impossible physical properties and even less possible metaphysical characteristics might send viewers into a downward spiral, especially when they’re encapsulated by the black hole itself as it rushes forward on screen.

The film goes on to explain that in the middle of most galaxies, there is a black hole using its gravitational pull to balance out planets and stars. Scientists in the film say that, even though they can’t see the black holes, their studies support the theory that they reside in every galaxy, and may even be the reason that some galaxies collide and merge.

NASA’s Swift telescope has a mission to take pictures of supernovas and black holes, trying to put together the puzzle pieces between the moment a star ceases to live long and prosper, and the moment it becomes a soul-sucking space vacuum.

The short production is wildly informative and gives viewers a chance to escape the bounds of the planet and look beyond, into phenomena that no one yet understands. The Gates Planetarium sits snugly behind DMNS’s Space Odyssey exhibit and students get a discount with their IDs, so museum patrons have no excuse not enjoy their time by controlling spacecrafts and playing with Mars sand— who ever said interactive exhibits were only for children? Don’t get too caught up, though; the show starts precisely at its advertised time, and the doors will be locked just a minute later.

Now is the time to reach beyond Earth’s horizons without leaving the ground and to boldly go where no man has gone before.

Gem Sheps
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