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Laser Light shows & more make Ingram Planetarium a 'must-see'

Visitors looking for an out-of-this-world experience during their Myrtle Beach vacation need to look no further than the many exciting exhibits offered at the Ingram Planetarium.

The planetarium, located in Sunset Beach, N.C., is a great opportunity for those staying on the north end of the beach — it's just a short 15-20 minute drive north from North Myrtle Beach — to learn about the universe and take a unique look at the nighttime sky.

The facility also offers the chance to check out some of the area's most engaging Myrtle Beach shows in its SkyDome Theater. 

Visitors can step into the dark, climate-controlled theater and recline in this 85-seat dome while choosing from a menu of shows that change hourly.

The most popular are the planetarium’s laser light shows, which feature colorful dancing patterns and arrangements made by state-of-the-art lasers set to music.The music varies by day, but there's a little something for everyone with classic rock, country music, and more rockin' hits from across the decades. 

On Thursdays, you'll hear the music on The Beatles at 6 p.m., catch a “Laser Retro” show at 7 p.m., and hear the sounds of rock group U2 at 8 p.m.

Friday, the mood shifts with “Laser Country”  featuring music by such artists as Garth Brooks, Lee Greenwood, Little Big Town, Willie Nelson, Rascal Flatts, Carrie Underwood, and the Zac Brown Band at 6 p.m.,  music by Led Zeppelin at 7 p.m. and the sound of heavy metal mavens Metallica at 8 p.m. (this show not recommended for young children).

Saturdays feature the “Laser Vinyl” at 6 p.m., a great tribute to a classic album with “Pink Floyd: Dark Side of the Moon” at 7 p.m., and another show for Floyd fans “Pink Floyd: The Wall” at 8 p.m.

In addition to the weekly laser shows, the SkyDome Theater also offers a number of educational films, which run in regular rotation daily, Mondays through Saturdays all summer long (May 23-Sept.1).

Three new productions lead the way with “Dinosaur Passage to Pangaea” at 1 p.m., “Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure” at 2 p.m., and “Back to the Moon for Good," a film narrated by actor Tim Allen at 4 p.m. (see full schedule here).

Once your show is complete, you can also take a look around the many interesting thing the building has to offer including displays and interactive experiments in the science hall, across from the theater.

After every screening planetarium manager Ed Ovsenik talks about the film and gives a show on what to look for in the sky for the month.×188.jpgHere you can play with an orrery, a model of our solar system, or pause for a few minutes to watch a video of an astronaut’s tour aboard the International Space Station, as she shows how to wash her hair, or work out on a treadmill – a critical step because a person’s body mass and bone density change in a weightless world, where one does not sit for six months.

The Ingram Planetarium offers free admission to all its science hall exhibits and admission to the laser shows and films are $8 for ages13-61, $7 for ages 62 and older, $6 for ages 3-12  and free for ages 2 and younger. Families can also purchase a seven-day “vacation pass” $69 for two adults and as many as to four children

To read more about the programs offered read this story by The Sun News' Steve Palisin on our sister site, or visit for more info. 

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