Solar Superstorms features the Power of a Star

Posted: Monday, October 17, 2016 by: Helene Sheets | Category: Events

What can cause our normally benign Sun to erupt in such fury that it can threaten the world’s power and technological infrastructure? Solar Superstorms at the Appold Planetarium takes audiences into the inner workings of our star. It follows the path of hot electrified gas as it rises from the Sun’s core, through its tangled journey through the Sun’s volatile outer layers, and on to explosive magnetic eruptions so powerful they can reach Earth.

Featuring visualizations of cutting edge supercomputer simulations and narrated by actor Benedict Cumberbatch, viewers will also witness the beautiful spectacle of the aurora borealis also known as the Northern Lights.

Admissions prices for Solar Superstorms are $5 for adults and $4 for children 12 and under. The family-friendly shows are offered at Lourdes University, 6832 Convent Blvd., at 7:30 p.m. on the following dates.
• Saturday, November 5
• Friday, November 11
• Saturday, November 12
• Saturday, November 19

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

Appold Planetarium supporters
The Appold Planetarium’s most recent 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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Organization Name: Lourdes University Appold Planetarium
Organization Address: 6832 Convent Blvd., Sylvania, OH, 43560