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What’s the Rumbling in the Dome?

The William M. Staerkel Planetarium at Parkland College will open a brand new show on the Jan. 16/17 weekend titled Supervolcanoes!

Supervolcanoes will show at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday nights through February. Admission is $5 for adults and $4 for students, seniors and children under 12, with all tickets being sold at the door.

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Imagine a scene 74,000 years ago, on the island of Sumatra: A volcanic eruption triggers the sudden and violent collapse of a vast plateau. Toba was the largest volcanic eruption in the last 25 million years. But Earth has seen far larger! About 250 million years ago, an eruption in what’s now Siberia lasted a million years and was probably responsible for the greatest episode of mass extinction in Earth’s history.

Narrated by famed English actor Benedict Cumberbatch, Supervolcanoes looks back at rare classes of eruptions that have marshaled the energy that churns beneath the surface of planet Earth. Is a supervolcano lurking beneath Yellowstone Park?

Thanks to Parkland’s Earth Science coordinator, the planetarium also has a display in the lobby containing different kinds of volcanic rock, including two types of rock from Hawaii and some ash from the 1980 eruption of Mt. St. Helens.

For more information on planetarium programs, visit our website or call the show hotline at 217/351-2446.