The Cowboy Astronomer
A tapestry of star tales and Native American legends; constellation identification, star-hopping, and astronomy tidbits told from a unique cowboy viewpoint!
Explore the stars from a cowboy’s point of view!
The Cowboy Astronomer is a skillfully woven tapestry of star tales and Native American legends, combined with constellation identification, star-hopping, and astronomy tidbits — all told from the unique viewpoint of a cowboy astronomer who has traveled the world plying his trade and learning the sky along the way.
The basic premise of The Cowboy Astronomer is simple: we’re in the Western outdoors, listening to star legends and cowboy tales around the campfire. Our cowboy astronomer gives us his perspective of the night sky, and the things he’s found out over a lifetime of stargazing. He talks about star colors and temperatures — and we see how blue stars are hotter than red stars by the chili pepper ratings beneath them! We find the Andromeda Galaxy by hitting a first-base foul out of the park of the Great Baseball Diamond In The Sky. Along the way, we learn about young stars and supernovae, and what various cultures called the Pleiades.
We hear two Native American star tales: the Fisher story of the cruel chieftain holding the birds of summer captive, and the Devil’s Tower tale of the Seven Indian Maidens and the Bear. We see the Anasazi pictographs of the 1054 supernova, and Sirius rising over Wyoming’s Medicine Wheel. The show ends on a thoughtful, philosophical manner, as our cowboy muses about the constellation where he wants to head when he departs this Earth. He decides on Cygnus, for the black hole it contains.
There’s never been a program like The Cowboy Astronomer. It’s a fresh new perspective in the planetarium medium; a unique, different, and thoroughly entertaining show unlike anything you’ve seen or heard before. It’ll make your audiences laugh, it’ll tug at their heart strings — all the while teaching about the universe and humanity’s relationship with the stars.
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