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December
New sky show "Bizarre Celestial Objects" unveils mysteries of the stars
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"Bizarre Celestial Objects", the latest sky show produced by the Hong Kong Space Museum, will give audiences a closer look at the amazing stars in the sky.

Stars were once regarded as eternal. However, since astronomers started using telescopes to study the stars a few centuries ago, the physical properties, evolution, as well as birth and death cycle of stars have gradually become known.

With rapid developments in space science and computer technologies, astronomers have discovered many new and exotic celestial objects that help reinforce the theory of stellar evolution and unveil the mysteries of the stars.

The show features the winter constellations and stars such as Orion, Taurus, Canis Major, Canis Minor, Sirius and Pleiades. It describes their shapes, characteristics, the myths surrounding them and other interesting details. The show also analyses the reasons for the variations between stars in terms of brightness, distance, colour and temperature.

The formation of proto-stars and the evolution of stars to become the white dwarfs or neutron stars are also featured. Other interesting topics likequark stars, black holes and magnetic stars are also featured.

The 40-minutes sky show is being screened at 2.40pm and 6.10pm daily from December 8 to May 23, 2005 at the Space Theatre of the Museum. There is an additional show at 11.10am on Sundays and public holidays. On Christmas Eve, the only show will be screened at 2.40pm. The museum is closed on Tuesdays (except public holidays) and the first two days of Lunar New Year. Tickets are available at the Space Museum Box Office and at all URBTIX outlets at $24 (front stalls) and $32 (stalls), with a half-price concession for full-time students, senior citizens and people with disabilities.

The Space Museum is located at 10 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui. For further information, call 2721 0226 or visit the museum's website at http://hk.space.museum/ .

Ends/Thursday, December 9, 2004
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