Explore the worlds of popular science fiction shows at 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 17 at the Los Alamos Nature Center. Peter Polko will provide an introduction to fan-based 3D recreations and then participants will get to try them out as well. Courtesy/PEEC
PEEC also will play the full-dome film ‘EXPLORE’ at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 18 in the planetarium. Courtesy/PEEC
Have you ever wished you could activate the gate in Stargate Command, take The Orville for a spin or walk the decks of the Enterprise?
With the advent of more powerful computers, recreating environments with stunning detail is now a possibility. Join Peter Polko for “These Are the Voyages …” at 7 p.m., Friday, Jan. 17 at the Los Alamos Nature Center to explore the worlds of some popular science fiction shows.
At this event, Polko will highlight three 3D recreations with an outer space theme: Stargate Network, The Orville – Interactive Fan Experience and the Virtual Enterprise D Recreation. After a short introduction and tutorial, participants can explore these new worlds themselves.
Since these are fan productions, they are free to download. Polko will provide several computers that participants can wait in line for or participants can bring their own computers to this event! This program is free to attend.
In addition to this program, PEEC will play the full-dome film “EXPLORE” at 2 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 18 in the nature center’s planetarium.
This film presents a broad selection of science topics in a modern and accessible way in a story that revolves around the ambition to colonize Mars — a topic at the forefront of current trends in space adventure films for the giant screen.
By closely examining the example of Johannes Kepler and his three laws of planetary motions, “EXPLORE” also shows how the achievements of individuals can change the world — and how much we all benefit from them.
No tickets or registration is required for “These Are the Voyates …” and this program is free to attend. Seating is limited for “EXPLORE”, so please call the nature center at 505.662.0460 or stop by to reserve your tickets. “EXPLORE” is $6 for adults and $4 for children. Events in the planetarium are not recommended for children under age 4.
PEEC was founded in 2000 to serve the community of Los Alamos. It offers people of all ages a way to enrich their lives by strengthening their connections to our canyons, mesas, mountains, and skies. PEEC operates the Los Alamos Nature Center at 2600 Canyon Road, holds regular programs and events, and hosts a number of interest groups from birding to hiking to butterfly watching. PEEC activities are open to everyone; however, members receive exclusive benefits such as discounts on programs and merchandise. Annual memberships start at $35. To learn more, visit www.peecnature.org.