Entertainment melds with astronomy in a unique convergence of film and discussion hosted by The Grand Cinema on Monday, June 22nd at 6:45 p.m.
An evening of Science on Screen will bring theater-goers the opportunity to learn about astronomical discoveries and also watch Another Earth, a dramatic science fiction about the discovery of a duplicate earth in our solar system. Guest speaker Dr. Hillary Stephens, the Director of the Pierce College Science Dome Planetarium, will share a mini-lecture connecting this fictional narrative with reality by discussing how the rapid expansion of technology has significantly influenced astronomical observations and discoveries, posing the question of whether life exists on these distant planets.
Dr. Hillary Stephens graduated from Stadium High School and has returned to Tacoma after earning numerous science degrees including a Bachelor’s degree in Physics and Astronomy, a Masters in Physics, and a PhD in Physics. Dr. Stephens shares her passion about the mysteries and wonders of the universe as a professor of physics and astronomy at Pierce College and also oversees the Science Dome Planetarium at the Fort Steilacoom campus.
This is The Grand’s second year participating as a grantee in the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation’s national Science on Screen initiative to help make science accessible and interesting to general audiences by pairing engaging cinematic experiences with science and technology experts. The Grand Cinema is one of only 23 theaters across the nation to receive funding to participate in the trademarked Science on Screen.
Tickets are required for this event and include both the discussion and film. More information can be found at www.grandcinema.com.