A brief starry night

Nuit Blanche presentation fails to capture older audience’s imagination

by Brian Lapuz

Some people probably remember the fun field trips to the Montreal Planetarium during their elementary school years.
As part of the Nuit Blanche events for the first time, the Montreal Planetarium gave a 20 minute presentations on the night sky and life on planet Mars, in French, and was open until 5:00 a.m.
Located on the Blue Circuit of Nuit Blanche, the show was appropriate for younglings and oldies alike, however, in the end, the people were left craving for more.
The people enjoyed the show, sitting in the dark while watching a simulation of, if it wasn’t for the light pollution, the Montreal night sky on the dome-shaped ceiling.
The show was definitely too short. People probably felt the same way a woman would after her partner had just prematurely ejaculated during their sexual intercourse.
It was the biggest teaser ever, but the show’s animator, Joel Bachand, was amazing. He would make jokes throughout the whole show and kept the people engaged.
“Put your phones on vibrate for maximum pleasure,” Bachand said, before the show started.
Since the presentation was in the dark, he kindly reminded everyone to keep their hands on their own legs.

The seating in the Planetarium was circular and could accommodate up to 385 people. Theseats were also slightly inclined so people could stare at the ceiling with ease. The projector was placed at the center of the room.
The only downside was that the seating was too tight, which made people feel like a bunch of sardines, and raised the temperature of the room. Not only that, but the seats were in thick leather, which kept the perspiration on peoples bodies.
As people starred at the projection of the starry night, Bachand gave a crash course on how to find the North Star with the help of the Ursa Major constellation. He also helped people recognize other constellations, such as Orion, Leo, Cassiopeia, etc. This made up the bulk of the presentation.
The life on Mars part was rushed. Bachand gave a history of martian observation and exploration in two minutes, and before people knew it, the fun was over.
People who made it for the first two presentations didn’t have to wait in line too long. The rest who came after and waited in the hour-long line were wasting their time.
The Montreal Planetarium has a variety of shows scheduled for children in kindergarten and adults. Shows that are 45 to 60 minutes long. Visit http://www.planetarium.montreal.qc.ca for more details.


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