Presented by Planetarium Manager, Omega Smith
Alaska's Far North is cloaked in darkness for much of the Arctic winter season. For Iñupiat people who live in this remote landscape, the beautiful dancing lights known as the Northern Lights are a welcome sight. What are the Northern Lights? How did they get there? What meaning do they hold for those who live beneath their splendor? This 25-minute fulldome video showcases the lights through stunning time-lapse photography and introduces the audience to Iñupiat elders and residents of all ages as they share traditional stories, songs, personal experiences and generational knowledge related to the lights.
Animated visualizations depict the physical science processes that produce this fascinating high latitude phenomenon.
Produced by the UAA and University of Alaska Fairbanks Geophysical Institute.
"Kiuguyat" is one hour long consisting of a fulldome film and live presentation by a UAA astronomer. Ticket reservations are available online only at http://UAATix.com. Remaining tickets will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis at the door on the day of the show. The planetarium will open for seating 30 minutes before the start of each show. You must be in the theater 10 minutes before the show starts. Reserved seats will be released after this time to stand-by customers. There is no entry after the show begins.
For more information, or to learn how to become a UAA Planetarium member please visit http://uaa.alaska.edu/planetarium.