A night with the stars: Astronomy movies offer free fun

By By Evan Frank

By Evan Frank

Each weekend, students go out to see what Salt Lake City has to offer for entertainment. For many students, money plays a major role in what they do. Since February, the department of physics and astronomy has made the decision easy for students and community members alike.

On Saturday, the department held its monthly film festival in the U’s Union Theater.

The night features two screenings with free admission. The first, beginning at 6 p.m., is a NOVA production from PBS, which usually lasts between 50 and 60 minutes.

The next screening is a feature film, usually starting around 7:15 p.m., that has a science fiction theme. Movies such as “Transformers,” “Men in Black,” “War of the Worlds” and “Independence Day” have been shown.

On Saturday, the 1998 blockbuster film “Armageddon” was screened.
Free popcorn is served to the audience.

There are three more screenings for the next few months of the semester that feature a variety of films.

The next screening, which takes place Oct. 3, will feature Ridley Scott’s 1979 science fiction classic, “Alien.”