Ten years ago, Santa Fe College named a small extension of its campus, the “immersive learning laboratory,” w
here area residents could explore the Kika Silva Pla Planetarium.
The planetarium is celebrating its decade milestone with “LaserFest,” a four-day event that features the state-of-the-art Prismatic Magic full-dome laser projection system. The festival offers guests an educational and artistic experience.
“There will be musical laser shows with music by The Beatles, Pink Floyd and Led Zeppelin,” said James Albury, the planetarium coordinator.
Albury said the laser system will be a one-of-a-kind experience for visitors.
“The laser projection system has a combination of red, green and blue that shows various colors to the dome,” he said. “It has a laser beam that is flicker-free, which means it continuously transitions through the projections.”
Since 2006, the Kika Silva Pla Planetarium has been dedicated to enriching the learning environment of Santa Fe College students and area residents. The planetarium offers a variety of shows to teach visitors not just about the cosmos of space, but about the physics and chemistry that makes up space.
“I hope this event brings awareness of the planetarium to our visitors. [Some] people don’t know that Gainesville has a planetarium, and I’m looking forward for this to be a fanfare community,” Albury said.
The planetarium is going to post archival photos and video on its Facebook page throughout the month, to give the community a look at the history of this gem in the crown of Santa Fe College.
“After the laser event, I hope the community will enjoy this enough so we can have more special events and continue having more education shows ,“Albury said.
The schedule of hour-long education programs, which include such titles as “Laser Safari” and “Lasers in Space” as well musical laser shows, starts today with shows hourly from 7 to 10 p.m. and continues Friday from 7 p.m. to midnight, Saturday from 3 p.m. to midnight, and Sunday from 1 to 6 p.m.
For a list of individual titles and the complete schedule, visit http://www.sfcollege.edu/planetarium.