3-D Astronomy Shows at Marston Exploration Theater

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The Marston Exploration Theater is located on the Arizona State University Tempe campus in the Interdisciplinary Science and Technology Building IV. The theater employs Definiti SkySkan Planetarium technology utilizing 4K projection systems that render Earth and Space Science themes in 3-D stereographic vision.

The Marston Exploration Theater features four different 3-D astronomy shows of topical interest. All presentations are produced live, run approximately 60 minutes, and include:

    1. "To the Edge of the Universe and Everything in Between": A live, narrated journey from earth to the cosmic background radiation. Stops along the way include current, topical space, science and news explorations. 
    2. "The Search: Exploring Unknown Worlds": This show explores discoveries and current research of exoplanets (worlds beyond our Solar System). This presentation is a live, 3-D exploration of known exoplanets in our neighborhood in space. 
    3. "The Secret Life of Stars": This show explores the birth, life and death of stars. It also answers questions about where stars come from, how they form, and what happens when they die, featuring spectacular simulated images of supernova explosions.
    4. "The Moon Revealed" (newly released): This show looks at the moon from the perspective of history, missions and culture, including the latest research exposing secrets of our nearest celestial neighbor.
Location and parking

The Marston Exploration Theater is on the first floor of ASU's Interdisciplinary Science and Technology Building IV (ISTB 4), the home of the School of Earth and Space Exploration. ISTB 4 is near the intersection of Rural and Terrace Road in Tempe on the east side of campus. This seven-story structure is ASU’s largest research facility and is accessible on foot via Orange Street and McAllister Avenue. If arriving by light rail, exit at the University and Rural Road stop.

The Rural Road parking structure is the closest parking to ISTB 4. Parking is available for $3 per hour inside the Rural Road parking structure. From the parking structure, walk west and enter ISTB 4 through the glass doors on the north side of the building. Please note that a parking fee is charged upon exit. 

View a map of ISTB 4 and nearby visitor parking and click here for additional directions.

Contact us

For additional information, please call 480-965-6891 to leave a message and we will return your call within two business days. For specific questions, please send an email to marston.programs@asu.edu. Send general astronomy questions to astro.info@asu.edu.

Department: 
School of Earth and Space Exploration
Contact: 
Ric Alling
Phone: 
480-965-6891
Location: 
Interdisciplinary Science and Technology Building IV (ISTB 4), Marston Exploration Theater, Tempe campus
Campus: 
Tempe campus
Price: 
Less than $10