From: Cole, Robert <RobertCole@kingsporttn.gov>
Date: Fri, Jun 8, 2012 at 3:07 PM
Subject: Press Release - Bays Mountain Park
For immediate release Contact: Adam Thanz
June 8, 2012 Astronomy and Space Sciences
Astronomy and Space Sciences
New Planetarium Program Offers "Colorful" Journey
Utilizing the state-of-the-art technology the planetarium now offers, Bays Mountain Park's Planetarium Staff will take viewers on an amazing journey of the electromagnetic spectrum thanks to the newest feature program, Cosmic Colors, which begins Saturday, June 9.
The electromagnetic spectrum is the full range of frequencies, from radio waves to gamma rays, that characterizes light. Cosmic Colors, produced by the Great Lakes Planetarium Association (GLPA), will help viewers to discover the many reasons for color—like why the sky is blue and why Mars is red.
This incredible voyage takes its passengers (viewers) places most have never been! Take a tour within a plant leaf and journey inside the human eye... Investigate x-rays by voyaging to a monstrous black hole and then back at your doctor's office... You will even see the actual color of a dinosaur--based on recent evidence. Get ready for an amazing adventure under a rainbow of cosmic light!
Serving as the main feature thru the end of September, Cosmic Colors can be seen thru August 31 Monday thru Friday at 1:00 and 4:00 p.m., and on the weekends at 1:00, 4:00 and 5:00 p.m. An additional program, Appalachian Skies – Spring, is also offered daily at 2:00 p.m. Tickets to all planetarium shows are just $4.00 per person, per show. Park members are admitted free with the use of their pass.
Annually, more than 150,000 visitors pass through Bays Mountain Park making it one of the State of Tennessee's Top 50 Most Visited Attractions, according to the State of Tennessee Department of Tourist Development.
One of the nation's largest city-owned parks with 3,550 acres, Bays Mountain Park features 40 miles of hiking trails, a state-of-the-art planetarium, wildlife habitats, fun exhibits, a 44-acre lake, ropes course with zip line, trails for mountain biking and much, much more.
Bays Mountain Park & Planetarium
853 Bays Mountain Park Rd.
Kingsport, TN 37660