(Bradenton, FL) How did life on Earth begin? This tantalizing question forms the basis of Life: A Cosmic Story, the new all-digital Planetarium show at the South Florida Museum. This program was sponsored by BMO Harris Bank, produced by the California Academy of Sciences and narrated by Jodie Foster. Showing daily at 1:30 pm in the South Florida Museum’s fully-upgraded Bishop Planetarium, the program artfully utilizes the Museum’s state-of-the-art technology and brand new projection system (upgraded in October 2013). The Museum’s full schedule of Planetarium programs is included in regular daily admission [$18 – Adults, $16 – Seniors (65+), $14 – Children (4-12), Children 3 & Under – Free}. Visit SouthFloridaMuseum.org or call 941-746-4131 for more information.
Life: A Cosmic Story begins in a redwood forest, with the sounds of wind and life. One redwood looms large, until we approach its branches and enter one of its leaves, adjusting our perspective to microscopic scales inside a cell. We see a simplified version of its inner workings, learning about the process of photosynthesis and the role of DNA. This scene sets the stage for the story of life. We then look backward billions of years to the origin of elements themselves. We continue our journey, diving into the formation of the Milky Way Galaxy, stars, the Earth, and the early building blocks of life. Once life took hold, it radically changed our planet. We continue leaping forward in time, viewing the movement of continents and the changing environment for life, until we reach modern Earth. All life shares a common ancestry and common chemistry, all related at the molecular level. Visit the Museum to witness this breathtaking representation of life’s shared origins.
The presentation of Life: A Cosmic Story at the South Florida Museum was generously sponsored by BMO Harris Bank. The Museum’s Executive Director, Brynne Anne Besio is thrilled with this new addition to the Museum’s programming lineup. “We are so pleased that BMO Harris Bank supported the Museum in bringing Life: A Cosmic Story to the Planetarium. This show ties so many aspects of the Museum’s exhibits and programming together into this one compelling narrative about the beginnings, development and inner workings of life on Earth. ” BMO Harris Bank Florida President, Dave Maraman, commented. “As a strong advocate of the arts, BMO Harris Bank is committed to educating and enriching local communities through our support of a variety of cultural venues and opportunities. We are proud to partner with the Planetarium at South Florida Museum to help present this unique and engaging exhibit.” Ms. Besio continued her thoughts about the importance of the show to the overall mission of the Museum, “Visitors can enjoy the show on its own, or use it as a tool in connecting the stories we present throughout the Museum.”
Please contact Jessica Schubick with any inquiries or requests – 941-746-4131, ext. 14 / JSchubick@SouthFloridaMuseum.org.
About the South Florida Museum
The largest natural and cultural history museum on Florida’s Gulf Coast, the South Florida Museum offers engaging exhibits as well as educational programs which interpret the scientific and cultural knowledge of Florida, the world and our universe. In addition to the permanent exhibits, the Museum features a constantly changing lineup of temporary exhibitions – offering something new to discover with each visit. The facility also includes both the all-digital Bishop Planetarium Theater and the Parker Manatee Aquarium. Outfitted with a brand new, state-of-the-art Planetarium and projection system in October of 2013, the NEW Bishop Planetarium is the region’s premier astronomy education facility with stunning new multimedia capabilities. The Parker Manatee Aquarium is home to Snooty™, Manatee County’s official mascot and the oldest known manatee in the world. Snooty shares his Aquarium pool with young manatees from the Manatee Rehabilitation and Release Partnership. These injured or orphaned animals are taken care of by the Parker Aquarium staff until they are ready to be released into the wild. For more information about current exhibitions and special programs, membership, hours, or admission prices please call 941-746-4131 or visit SouthFloridaMuseum.org.