Violent Universe showing at A&M-Commerce planetarium

Jan 30, 2012

COMMERCE - Beginning Friday, February 3, the Texas A&M University-Commerce Planetarium will begin showing  “Violent Universe,” which will be offered at 8 p.m. every Friday night through April 13.

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“Violent Universe” portrays the upheaval of a giant star that explodes its material into space, a future encounter between Earth and a large asteroid and the forces that hold the universe together and occasionally rip it apart. The show is narrated by Patrick Stewart of “Star Trek: The Next Generation” and the X-Men films.

“This show is very exciting and thought provoking,” Dr. Kent Montgomery, A&M-Commerce planetarium director, said. “The stunning scenes will take your breath away.”

The “Lamps of Atlantis” show will continue to be offered as the Friday night 7 p.m. show until March 9 and “Violent Universe” will be shown at the planetarium at 8 p.m. beginning in February and will continue through April 13.

In addition to the Friday night shows, the planetarium will begin offering Saturday matinees on the first and third Saturday of each month beginning in February. Each Saturday will host a different set of shows. The first show will begin at 2 p.m. featuring one of our children’s favorites and a different second show will begin at 3 p.m. The ticket office will open at 1:30 p.m. and regular ticket prices will apply. No reservations will be needed for the matinees. Visit the web address below to see which shows will be playing each Saturday.

“If you missed one of our older features or simply would like to see one of your favorite shows again, please come see us on a Saturday,” Cheri Davis, assistant planetarium director, said.

Admission to the shows is $3 for those under 18 and A&M-Commerce students with ID, $3.50 for university employees and senior citizens, and $4 for all others. A discount of $1 per person will be offered if tickets are purchased at the same times for two shows viewed on the same day.

More information about the show schedule and trailers of selected shows can be found at the planetarium webpage:

Each planetarium show begins with brief remarks by a member of the planetarium staff, who displays the Commerce night sky on the planetarium's 40-foot dome and points out the current visible constellations, stars, and planets. To make reservations, call 903-468-8650 or email