The Birth of the Solar System

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How did our solar system originate? What chain of events led to its creation?

Just as detectives look for traces of evidence to solve a mystery, astronomers analyze the evidence that points to the formation of the Sun and planets. In particular, they study the influence that impacts and collisions had on the worlds of the solar system. The most dramatic evidence for this collisional history of solar system evolution are the impact craters found on almost all the bodies in the solar system, including Earth. These surface scars tell us the formation history of planets, moons, and rings was violent. Yet today, we live in a relatively stable solar system, made possible by the shattering collisions that shaped our worlds.

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Gallery & Exhibits - Friday

Our interactive space gallery is open today from 10:00am - 5:00pm, then 6:00pm-11pm.
Free to Enter.
Planetarium Shows

Dream to Fly

Family8+ years
Fri 30 September, 7:00pm
Planetarium Shows

The Spring Night Sky

Family8+ years
Fri 30 September, 8:00pm
Planetarium Shows

Double Feature: Seven Wonders and Stars of the Pharaohs

Family8+ years
Fri 30 September, 9:30pm

Zeiss Telescope

The Zeiss Telescope in the dome is open for public viewing as an add on after the 8pm show on Thurs, Fri and Sat nights (weather permitting). $10 each.

Courtyard Telescope Viewing

Family8+ years
Courtyard telescope viewing is included after the 6pm, 7pm and 8pm show tonight. Weather permitting.