The Mayborn Science Theater is offering weekday matinee shows Tuesdays through Thursdays during the summer. Three shows start at 1:30 p.m. each day. Matinee tickets are $4 per person, per show.
Tuesday’s lineup begins at 1:30 p.m. with “Molecularium: Riding Snowflakes.” This musical cartoon adventure takes viewers into the world of atoms and molecules as they journey with a cast of atoms aboard the Molecularium. Take a ride into a nanoscale universe created from accurate molecular simulations and learn about the three states of matter as you travel into a cloud, watch a snowflake form and count the number of water molecules in a raindrop.
At 2:30 p.m. is “Tales of the Maya Skies,” which uses full-dome digital technology to transport viewers to the ancient jungles of Mexico, where the Maya built cities and temples aligned to movements of the sun, moon and planets. Their observations and sophisticated mathematical system also allowed them to develop a precise calendar system that fascinates the world to this day. The show weaves together a rich combination of science, art, culture and mythology and revisits the sounds and sights of an ancient way of life.
At 3:30 p.m. is the laser light show “Laser Retro,” which features some of the hottest club tunes from the 1980s. Featured artists include Duran Duran, New Order, the Eurythmics, Depeche Mode, INXS and many more.
On Wednesday, the matinees start at 1:30 p.m. with two shows from the “Legends of the Night Sky” series. First is “Orion,” a fun look at the myths about one of the night sky’s most famous constellations. Zeus, Poseidon, Apollo and other characters from the Orion story are brought to life in full-color laser light. Then “Perseus and Andromeda” tells the tale of a beautiful but unfortunate princess, who is sacrificed to a sea monster and rescued by the Greek hero Perseus.
“Stars: Powerhouses of the Universe” follows at 2:30 p.m. Narrated by Mark Hamill of “Star Wars,” the show takes the audience on a journey to the furthest reaches of the galaxy to experience both the beauty and destructive powers of stars.
At 3:30 p.m. is the laser light show “Spirit of America.” This patriotic show features an eclectic mix of inspirational orchestral, country and good old rock and roll music with artists such as Aaron Copeland, Lee Greenwood, Celine Dion, Brooks and Dunn, John Mellencamp, Garth Brooks and others.
The matinee week concludes Thursday, with the Mayborn Science Theater’s own Telly award-winning production “Night Catch.”
Based on a children’s book, “Night Catch” is a story of a deployed soldier who enlists the help of the North Star for a nightly game of catch with his son who is home stateside. It’s a story of two hearts and the one star that keeps them together.
The show is followed by “Two Small Pieces of Glass: The Amazing Telescope” where viewers learn how the telescope has helped us understand our place in space and how they continue to expand our understanding of the universe.
At 2:30 p.m., “Black Holes: The Other Side of Infinity” takes the audience across the cosmic threshold into a bizarre realm of space from which nothing escapes.
The laser light show “Laser Mania” is at 3:30 p.m. The show offers a little something for everyone with a mix of musical artists, including Shania Twain, Sting, Beck and Blink 182.
The Mayborn Science Theater is on the campus of Central Texas College in Killeen.
For complete show descriptions, schedules, membership information, directions and more, go to www.starsatnight.org.