Mayborn Science Theater
The newly upgraded Mayborn Science Theater on the campus of Central Texas College reopened Monday, Sept. 3, 2018, where the public watched a laser show, a documentary on the invasion of Normandy and a virtual roller coaster ride.

The Mayborn Science Theater, located on the Central Texas College campus in Killeen, will premiere a new laser light show featuring the music of the legendary rock band Queen.

“Laser Queen” opens Saturday at 9 p.m. as part of the month’s new show lineup. It features 11 of the group’s biggest hits including “We Will Rock You/We Are the Champions,” “Radio Gaga,” “Another One Bites the Dust,” “Under Pressure,” “Killer Queen” and, of course, “Bohemian Rhapsody.”

Saturday shows

The Saturday show lineup in August opens at 11 a.m. with “Molecularium: Riding Snowflakes.” The show is a magical, musical cartoon adventure into the world of atoms and molecules aboard the most fantastic ship in the universe: the Molecularium. It is a ride into a nanoscale universe to learn about the three states of matter as you travel into a cloud, watch a snowflake form and count the number of water molecules in a raindrop.

At noon is “Kaluoka’hina: The Enchanted Reef” which transports the audience to a one-of-a-kind magical, tropical reef full of adventure, mystery and danger. Undiscovered by mankind and hidden in the vast oceans of our planet, the reef’s colorful inhabitants have always lived in peace until a volcanic catastrophe breaks the spell. Now it’s up to two young fish to restore the magic of their home and save their beloved reef.

“Stars: Powerhouses of the Universe” is at 1 p.m. Follow every phase of a star’s existence as they release the energy that powers the universe. The show journeys to the furthest reaches of our galaxy to experience both the awesome beauty and destructive power of stars.

“Zula Patrol: Under the Weather” features the heroes of the award-winning PBS-TV series “Zula Patrol.” The Zula gang learns all about terrestrial and interplanetary weather on an expedition to collect samples of weather for scientific research while trying to stop interplanetary villain Dark Truder from stealing the weather from other planets as part of his evil scheme to control the universe. Show time is 2 p.m.

At 3 p.m. is “Dynamic Earth: Exploring Earth’s Climate Change.” This cutting-edge film explores the inner workings of the Earth’s climate system. Follow a trail of energy that flows from the sun into the interlocking systems that shape our climate, ride along on swirling ocean and wind currents, dive into the heart of a monster hurricane, come face-to-face with sharks and gigantic whales, fly into roiling volcanoes and gain a broader understanding of what shapes Earth’s climate change.

“First and Farthest” is at 4 p.m. The show traces the path from the first rockets to the first man on the moon and celebrates humanity’s great accomplishments in the Space Race. It touches on the subjects of rocket propulsion with solid and liquid fuels, parabolic flight, orbital flight and the history of the space exploration. The show will bring back memories for those who experienced the Space Race and inspire new generations to keep exploring our universe.

The Saturday evening schedule starts at 7 p.m. with another new program, “Ningaloo: Australia’s Other Great Reef.” Dive into a unique and breathtaking underwater world for a magical expedition along the vast coral highway stretching along the Northwest coast of Western Australia. This underwater explosion, known as the Ningaloo Reef, is a dazzling and psychedelic creator of life and attracts the smallest and largest sea life, including the whale shark.

At 8 p.m. is “Exoplanets: Worlds of Wonder” — a journey of mankind’s first space probe. The audience goes outside our solar system to the many new worlds astronomers continue to discover. Explore giant gas planets, frozen rogue planets hurling through space, newly discovered molten rocky worlds and planets. You will also learn more about the Earth, moon, sun and the remarkable solar system in which we live.

Weekday matinees

During August, weekday matinees are every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at 1:30 and 2:30 p.m. Laser Friday is Aug. 30 and features three laser light shows: “Laser Country” at

7 p.m. “Laser Queen” at 8 p.m. and “Pink Floyd: Dark Side of the Moon” at 9 p.m. Warren’s Star Tour is Saturday, Aug. 31 and provides an in-depth look at the stars and constellations currently visible in the night sky over the Northern and Southern Hemispheres. Classic Movie Nite is Friday, Aug. 23 and features “Monsters, Inc.” at 5:30 p.m. followed by “Iron Man” at 7:30 p.m. Tickets for Classic Movie Nite are $5 per person and planetarium members are admitted for half-price.

No shows are scheduled on Sundays.

For a complete show schedule, show descriptions, directions to the Mayborn Science Theater, membership information and more, visit online.

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