Montréal Space for Life Unveils a New Double Feature at the Rio Tinto Alcan Planetarium


MONTRÉAL, July 14, 2015 /CNW Telbec/ - Montréal Space for Life is unveiling a new double feature at the Rio Tinto Alcan Planetarium as part of its annual program of activities inspired by light. Dark Universe: Voyage to the Heart of Dark Matter, produced by the prestigious American Museum of Natural History, in New York, and premiering in Montréal at the Rio Tinto Alcan Planetarium, is sure to illuminate you. The original English-language version is narrated by famed astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, while the show was adapted for French-speaking audiences in Quebec and narrated by none other than illusionist Luc Langevin. Their voices will whisk audiences in the Chaos Theatre off to the heart of a universe woven from mysterious matter and filled with dark energy. The second part of the double bill, in the Milky Way Theatre, is an July 14 that actually reinvents the way we present astronomy!  Pluto: Chronicles of an Ex-Planet was produced and directed by the Rio Tinto Alcan Planetarium team, using images shot in Arizona. It focuses on the dwarf planet, a hot topic this summer because the New Horizons probe is going to be flying by Pluto in mid-July for the first time ever!

"The Rio Tinto Alcan Planetarium team is always pushing the creative boundaries and raising the bar in terms of the visitor experience," says Montréal Space for Life Director Charles-Mathieu Brunelle. "Without a doubt, our Planetarium is on the cutting edge in terms of both technology and artistry, always sensitively combining science, art and emotion. We are truly proud of it!"

Dark Universe: Voyage to the Heart of Dark Matter 
We have made tremendous discoveries about the cosmos from here on Earth, but many questions remain unanswered. On the infinitely large scale we still don't understand 95% of what makes up the Universe. Starting from the Big Bang, Dark Universe: Voyage to the Heart of Dark Matter leads us on a voyage of exploration through the visible and invisible cosmos. The voice of Neil deGrasse Tyson guides audiences past stars and through galaxies as we investigate the dark side of the Universe and learn about its mysterious undetectable dark matter and the dark energy that drives its expansion.
Dark Universe: Voyage to the Heart of Dark Matter was developed by the American Museum of Natural History (New York, in co-operation with the California Academy of Sciences, San Francisco, and GOTO INC., Tokyo.

Pluto: Chronicles of an Ex-Planet
A new planet was discovered on February 18, 1930.  This body at the farthest reaches of the solar system sparked the imaginations of scientists, the media and the public, as everyone was keen to know whether there might be other forms of life out there. Downgraded to a dwarf planet in 2006, Pluto is back in the headlines since the New Horizons probe will be studying its atmosphere and icy surface as it flies by on July 14. What secrets will Pluto reveal? Stay tuned for fascinating details.

Pluto: Chronicles of an Ex-Planet, directed by Maxime Pivin-Lapointe, with artistic director Gwendal Creurer and musical director and composer Robert Marcel Lepage, and featuring the music of the Early Jazz Band, will whisk audiences back in time to relive the discovery of the dwarf planet under one of our planet's most beautiful skies, at the Lowell Observatory in Arizona. During the show, science interpreters will share the latest findings from the New Horizons probe mission, which will help us better understand the origin of the solar system and of our world.

Montréal Space for Life is made up of four attractions on the same site: the Botanical Garden, Biodôme, Insectarium and Rio Tinto Alcan Planetarium. These four prestigious municipal institutions form Canada's largest natural science museum complex. Together, they are launching a daring, creative urban movement, urging everyone to rethink the connection between humankind and nature and cultivate a new way of living.

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SOURCE Espace pour la vie

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