New Show at Lourdes University's Appold Planetarium

Posted Sep 2nd, 2015 by Laura Megeath  Category: Arts & Entertainment


Brace Yourself for the Onslaught of the Next Solar Superstorm

The Appold Planetarium at Lourdes University was enhanced this summer with the latest available projection technology. On Saturday, September 12, the planetarium will re-open with Solar Superstorms, a major new production that takes viewers into the tangle of magnetic fields and superhot plasma that vent the Sun’s rage in dramatic flares, violent solar tornadoes, and the largest eruptions in the solar system – Coronal Mass Ejections.

Narrated by actor Benedict Cumberbatch, Solar Superstorms features one of the most intensive efforts ever made to visualize the inner workings of the Sun. The program includes a series of groundbreaking scientific visualizations on the giant new supercomputing initiative Blue Waters which is based at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) at the University of Illinois.

Admission prices for Solar Superstorms are $5 for adults and $4 for children 12 and under. The family-friendly shows are offered at 7:30 p.m. on the following dates:
• Saturday, September 12
• Friday, September 25
• Saturday, September 26
• Friday, October 9
• Saturday, October 10
• Saturday, October 17
• Friday, October 23
• Saturday, October 24

Reservations are recommended. Please call 419-517-8897 or email

Appold Planetarium supporters
The Appold Planetarium renovations were made possible by Jim and Pat Appold. Solar Superstorms is made possible and sponsored by First Solar, a global leader in photovoltaic (PV) solar energy solutions. First Solar has been taking energy forward since the company was founded in 1999. The company integrates solar power into the global energy mix by providing PV energy solutions to address contemporary energy needs such as fuel cost volatility and supply reliability.

“We are so pleased to have First Solar as an Appold Planetarium supporter. Through their generosity, we are able to provide stellar programming that educates young students and carries visitors of all ages to the stars,” says planetarium director Laura J. Megeath, Ph.D.

About the Appold Planetarium
Lourdes University’s Appold Planetarium is a proud member of the NASA Museum Alliance and has been designated an official NASA Space Place. Named “Best Place to See the Stars” by Ohio Magazine, the Appold Planetarium features SciDome, a fulldome video system powered by Starry Night – the world’s most comprehensive astronomy software, allowing real-time 3D sky simulation, fulldome shows and multi-media presentations. For a list of current and upcoming shows, visit the Appold Planetarium online at


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