Worlds collide on weekly Seattle Astronomy calendar

When Worlds Collide poster

When Worlds Collide is a 1951 science fiction film starring Richard Derr and Barbara Rush. Battle Point Astronomical Association takes a look at the real history of planetary collisions Saturday at its planetarium.

An interesting planetarium show from Battle Point Astronomical Association tops this week’s astronomy calendar. In “When Worlds Collide” BPAA investigates the collisions that have shaped the planets in the solar system, and that have altered Earth’s history. When, they ask ominously, will Earth get rocked again? The show starts at 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 26 at the Rudolph Planetarium at the association’s Ritchie Obervatory in Battle Point Park on Bainbridge Island. They’ll have telescopes on hand for observing, weather permitting.

The title of the show reflects the 1951 science fiction film directed by Rudolph Maté. Interestingly, there’s a remake in the works to be directed by Stephen Sommers and released in 2012.

Astro Spies on the Eastside
Eastside Astronomical Society meets Tuesday and will show the program AstroSpies, a NOVA documentary that aired a few months back on PBS. It is about the top secret space race between the U.S. and Soviet Union to build manned space stations as spy platforms. Interesting stuff! They’ll also be taking a look at photos of Tempel 1 from Stardust NExT. The meeting starts at 7 p.m. Feb. 22 at the Lake Hills Library.

Tacoma Astronomical Society has a public observing night set for Saturday. They’ll look at the reasons we have seasons. The event gets under way regardless of weather at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 26 at the Fort Steilacoom campus of Pierce College. The scopes come out if the weather is clear, though!