Laughing at the Planetarium

Cape Town has a planetarium, and I never miss a chance to go to a planetarium. Toronto’s planetarium at the Royal Ontario Museum is, tragically and criminally, closed and being turned into luxury condominiums, so I don’t get the chance to go very often. The shows are always silly and childish but I love them anyway. Cape Town’s planetarium’s show was even sillier and more childish than most, though, and was actually verging on the annoying. I didn’t hate it, but I was very bored. I hid it from Sheryl because she was having fun - in fact, she still doesn’t know that I didn’t enjoy it. It was just a bit amateurish, is all. The planetarium itself (the star projector) was badly-programmed and out of sync with the narration, so the sun would turn off when it was supposed to turn on, and various other odd effects. All this was accompanied by the narration in the most affected, plumy South African-accented Radio English imaginable. We nearly died when we were told all about the “Mulky Way”. The only thing that saved it all from being a dead loss was that, of course, we were in the Southern Hemisphere, so the show talked about the Southern Cross and the South Celestial Pole and Orion as a summer constellation. That, I’m not ashamed to say, was just neat.


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