Despite its name, a planetarium also lets you learn more about stars, comets, and the fishing wire that suspends them all. Peer into the diorama of the cosmos with today's Groupon: for $5, you get two tickets to a regular show at the Kika Silva Pla Planetarium, located on the campus of Santa Fe College (up to a $10 value).
The Kika Silva Pla Planetarium's astronomers unfurl stellar maps and fascinating science films across a panoramic, 34-foot viewing dome. Star-crossed pairs lounge in an intimate 60-person theater as the all-encompassing images of the night's program soar through the darkness like glow sticks wielded by Zeus. Black Holes, narrated by Liam Neeson, explores cosmic phenomena such as the life cycle of stars from birth to meteor-hurling midlife crisis, the collision of galaxies, and the supermassive black hole that the rest of the Milky Way pinwheels around. On Friday evenings, Florida Skies: Autumn helps visitors connect with the skies they can see from their own backyards with a sunset-to-sunrise tour of popular constellations that points out how to distinguish planets from stars and stars from Cassiopeia's earrings.
Kika Silva Pla Planetarium
The Kika Silva Pla Planetarium's astronomers unfurl stellar maps and fascinating science films across a panoramic 34-foot viewing dome. Inside a 60-seat building, audiences gaze at the sky's celestial bodies as two planetarium projectors transpose images onto an expansive ceiling. A stirring score and sound effects further immerse viewers in the educational, absorbing spectacle above them, and with 19.5 million tiny perforations across the dome's surface, each sound and note flows undiluted into the audience's auditory systems as clearly as a bell that has taken years of elocution lessons.
To keep images crisp and realistic, the planetarium employs two very different projectors—a computer-controlled Goto Chronos and a Spitz SciDome digital projector. The Goto employs dozens of meticulously configured lenses to display crisp visuals of stars and planets as they have appeared over the last 10,000 years. The Spitz SciDome converts the planetarium's expansive ceiling into a giant computer screen, turning video and animations into breathtaking clips that dance on the ceiling like Fred Astaire's poltergeist.