Where else in Columbus can you see all nine planets of our solar system, operate a moon rover or fly a (simulated) fighter jet?
Operated by Columbus State University, the Coca-Cola Space Science Center is at heart an educational facility, but its goal is to link learning with fun.
Perhaps its largest — no pun intended — claim to fame is its full-dome Omnisphere Theater. The high-resolution planetarium provides an immersive experience for viewers who can discover the wonders of the galaxies or the whimsy of synchronized lasers in one of the theater’s many shows. Current shows include In My Backyard, a children’s tale covering basic astronomy, Universe, which explores cosmic phenomena, and Ice Worlds, which delves into the frozen landscapes of planets and moons. The schedule of shows changes periodically.
The center also hosts several special events throughout the year, including a free Comic Book Day scheduled for May 5, summer camps and the Columbus Comic Book Show and the Sci-Fi Convention and Toy Show later this fall.
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Saturday, you can get a glimpse of a waxing gibbous — that is, a moon that’s more than half-lighted and on it’s way (waxing) toward a full moon. The program begins at 7 p.m. at the center and is free.
Typically, admission is $6 for adults, $5 for military and seniors, $4 for children ages 4 to 12 and $3 for CSU students. Group rates are also available.
For more information, call 706-649-1477 or visit www.ccssc.org.