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Out Of This World October 1, 2014

Posted by nrhatch in Humor, Travel & Leisure.

We took a star-studded tour of the known Universe at the Planetarium on Saturday morning.

With Tom Hanks narrating, we flew out past the edges of the Milky Way via Passport to the Universe.

We saw stars!  Billions and billions of stars.  And Earth from a decidedly different perspective.

Imagine everyone you’ve ever known on that pale blue dot . . .

At the far reaches of outer space, we found a Black Hole and used it as a short cut to shoot back across the Universe, saving us millions of light years.

Back on Earth, we bumped into H.G. Wells and his Time Machine.

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It’s quite a brilliant mode of transport, allowing passengers to travel through time and space without undergoing groping and probing at TSA checkpoints.

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Just punch in the coordinates and GO!

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But it was time for lunch . . . so we’ll save that adventure for another day.

Aah . . . that’s better!



1. Silver in the Barn - October 1, 2014

I would have loved every second of that tour of the Universe. Kinda puts us in perspective, eh?

nrhatch - October 1, 2014

We loved it . . . so we attended that planetarium show TWICE.

We also enjoyed “Perfect Little Planet” about aliens looking for a perfect planet for a vacation. After rejecting Neptune, Saturn, Jupiter, Mars, and Venus, they settled on a beach vacation on Earth!

2. Val Boyko - October 1, 2014

How awesome!! With Tom Hanks too 😉
Val x

nrhatch - October 1, 2014

The show was developed by the American Museum of Natural History in collaboration with NASA. We attended TWICE.

3. valleygrail - October 1, 2014

That’s the perfect mode of travel!

nrhatch - October 1, 2014

Yes! No packing required.

4. ashokbhatia - October 1, 2014

That is cool! May I know the location of this place?

nrhatch - October 1, 2014

The Planetarium is at the South Florida Museum in Bradenton, Florida, USA. Here’s a link:


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5. Jill Weatherholt - October 1, 2014

I love this kind of stuff, Nancy. Thanks for sharing! When I was a kid, the planetarium was my favorite place for a field trip.

nrhatch - October 1, 2014

Saturday was a special event ~ Dr. Geek’s Science Fair.

In addition to special shows and a Live Star Talk in the Planetarium, they had exhibits throughout the Museum and The Geek Games for kids from 6-16.

We had FUN.

6. NancyTex - October 1, 2014

Nothing like a trip through the universe to help put everything in perspective.

nrhatch - October 1, 2014

Exactly right! Plus it was great to get away from PAINT!

NancyTex - October 1, 2014

Spoken like someone without a hard deadline! <– I wish that was me. 🙂

nrhatch - October 1, 2014

Absolutely right, NT. Not working to a deadline makes it easier to take a break.

7. ericjbaker - October 1, 2014

I took my son to a show on asteroids at the Hayden Planetarium when he was 5. He thought the chairs were moving up and down.

nrhatch - October 1, 2014

The other show we watched, Perfect Little Planet, came with a “turbulence warning” at the outset. As the aliens flew through a very congested city on their home planet, stomachs rolled!

8. Crowing Crone - October 1, 2014

visits to a planetarium always seem so magical. Somehow I didn’t make it to the one in Paris so have kept that on the list for the next visit.

nrhatch - October 1, 2014

We love the planetarium, especially now that it has a new computer that has mapped in the entire known Universe. We started the live star talk looking at Bradenton FL (including our neighborhood!) and then moved farther away to see Florida, the US, the Earth, the solar system, the Milky Way, and beyond.

9. Kate @ Did That Just Happen? - October 1, 2014

I love the planetarium! It is such an amazing adventure – from a nice air conditioned space! 🙂

nrhatch - October 1, 2014

Yes. No packing required . . . except a jacket to wear in the cool A/C environs. 😎

10. katecrimmins - October 1, 2014

I love planetariums. I always go if I am anywhere near one.

nrhatch - October 1, 2014

Well . . . when you come for a visit this Winter, we’ll add the Planetarium to the Bucket List of Adventures for you!

11. Three Well Beings - October 1, 2014

We have a wonderful Planetarium practically in our backyard…and it’s been years since I’ve taken a ride through the galaxies! You’ve inspired me! Doesn’t a time machine get the imagination churning! 🙂

nrhatch - October 1, 2014

We enjoyed chatting with H.G. Wells about his amazing adventures in Time Travel. How fantastic if I could set the coordinates and shoot over to meet you and Darwin!

12. brickhousechick - October 1, 2014

“without undergoing groping and probing at TSA checkpoints.” Ha,ha. Love this line! Pretty neat stuff -but when hunger calls, you gotta listen! 🙂

nrhatch - October 1, 2014

Thanks, Maria. And yes . . . FOOD comes FIRST! 😛

13. Pix Under the Oaks - October 1, 2014

Hello to BFF! Guess he is done painting. We have visited the St.Louis Science Center.. Planetarium and it is cool! CH loves that stuff and I can even get excited about it.. 😀 I would have gotten excited about lunch don’t you know?????

nrhatch - October 1, 2014

We’ve got one wall to go. The BIGGEST wall. Hopefully, he’ll get it painted tomorrow.

I love our armchair travels in the planetarium ~ and so much easier than going to Astronaut School.

I do know! Food is a favorite with us too!

14. Behind the Story - October 1, 2014

It sounds like a wonderful planetarium. I enjoyed traveling with you.

nrhatch - October 2, 2014

Thanks, Nicki. We had a blast . . . blasting off to the far reaches of space! Up. Up. And A W A Y!

15. Grannymar - October 2, 2014

A trip through the universe with your feet still firmly on the ground, now that is my kinda travel!

nrhatch - October 2, 2014

Wish you could have been there with us, GM. Such a treat to travel so far without Jet Lag!

16. beeblu - October 2, 2014

Haha – love the abrupt ending. Priorities!

nrhatch - October 2, 2014

Glad you got a kick out of that. One of my favorite lines in A Christmas Carol is a “reluctant mourner” who agrees to go to Scrooge’s funeral then adds, “But I must be fed.” :mrgreen:

17. jannatwrites - October 3, 2014

No TSA… sounds like the perfect way to travel 🙂

nrhatch - October 3, 2014

The intrusion of the TSA would bother me less if I thought they were actually making the US safer from incoming terrorists.

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