‘Extreme Weather’ dome show opens June 1 at TJC science center | TJC

‘Extreme Weather’ dome show opens June 1 at TJC science center

It takes a big screen to convey the effects of big weather.

TJC’s 40-foot, dome theater will be home to “Extreme Weather,” the newest show opening Friday, June 1, at the Center for Earth & Space Science Education at TJC.

Show times are 2 p.m. daily throughout the summer at the science center, located at 1411 E. Lake St., on the TJC main campus. Science center hours are 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Tuesdays-Fridays and 10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Saturdays.

Tickets are $5 for children, seniors and students and $7 for adults. Parking is free.

National Geographic presents an immersive new giant-screen film experience that brings audiences face to face with Mother Nature at her most dangerous.

Narrated by Emmy-winning actor Michael C. Hall (“Dexter” and “Six Feet Under”) and directed and filmed by Sean Casey (“Storm Chasers” and “Tornado Alley”), “Extreme Weather” showcases breathtaking cinematography reflecting Casey’s life-long immersion in the world of giant-screen, nature documentaries.

Traveling to Alaska’s melting glaciers, filmmakers capture the action as massive chunks of ice shear off into the frigid water with explosive force. In the Midwest, cameras roll as storm chasers risk their lives to capture data as deadly tornadoes race toward them. And in drought-ravaged California, filmmakers embed themselves with courageous first responders fighting to contain raging wildfires.

“I’ve always had a fascination with weather,” Casey said. “We wanted to go into the field and capture incredible imagery. The 150-foot flames, the 400-foot wall of ice falling, the tornadoes — there’s a majesty to all of that. The way I see it, ‘Extreme Weather’ lives at the crossroads of beauty and destruction.”

Featuring insights from experts including National Geographic Emerging Explorer Dr. Erin Pettit and Oklahoma tornado researcher Justin Walker, “Extreme Weather” demonstrates how climate change is rapidly affecting land, oceans and atmosphere to produce natural disasters as ruinous as they are spectacular. The film unveils the surprising linkages between these three areas, demonstrating how a small change in one place can have large effects elsewhere.

“Extreme Weather” offers viewers an up-close look at some of the most astonishing and potentially deadly natural phenomena, while showing how they are interconnected and changing our world in dramatic ways,” said Antonietta Monteleone, vice president of film distribution for National Geographic Cinema Ventures. “It’s exactly the type of film giant-screen cinema was made for.”

The Center for Earth & Space Science Education at TJC is a one-of-a-kind teaching, learning, and special occasion space located in the heart of East Texas. Open to the public for shows, stargazing events, field trips, and special events, the center reflects TJC’s commitment to quality education, a vibrant student life and service through educational engagement with the community.

For a complete listing of shows and events, go to sciencecenter.tjc.edu.

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