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Space Museum gives audiences an experience of cosmic collisions

     The Hong Kong Space Museum's latest sky show "Cosmic Collisions", screening from tomorrow (July 1) until December 31, will take audiences on a journey through space and time to watch cosmic collisions in the past, the present and the future. Through the show, audiences can learn about the formation of the solar system, the change in the course of life on Earth, and the transformation of the galaxy.

     Groundbreaking scientific simulations and visualisations based on cutting-edge research depict the dramatic and explosive encounters that shaped our solar system. Audiences will witness the violent face of our Sun that produces enormous ejections of material from our star towards our planet. The resulting sub-atomic clashes, as streams of charged particles from the Sun strike Earth's magnetic field, produce the eerie glow of the aurora borealis and the aurora australis. "Cosmic Collisions" will also show the creation of our Moon some five billion years ago when a wandering planetoid struck Earth; the violent meeting of two stars at the edge of the galaxy; and the future collision of our Milky Way galaxy with our closest neighbour, the Andromeda spiral galaxy, a cosmic crash that will produce a new giant elliptical galaxy billions of years from now.

     The 40-minute sky show, "Cosmic Collisions", also features a 14-minute seasonal planetarium show. It will be screened daily at 2.40pm and 6.10pm at the museum's Stanley Ho Space Theatre. There will be an additional screening at 11.10am on Sundays and public holidays.

     The museum is closed on Tuesdays (except public holidays). Tickets are available at the Space Museum Box Office and at all URBTIX outlets for $24 (front stalls) and $32 (stalls). Full-time students, senior citizens aged 60 or above and people with disabilities will receive a half-price concession.

     The Space Museum is located at 10 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon. For details, visit the Space Museum's website or call 2721 0226.

Ends/Wednesday, June 30, 2010


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