An annual tradition at Georgia Southern

Johnny Lu

World renowned English rock band Pink Floyd returns with their legendary album, Dark Side of the Moon, in the form of a planetarium rock show in the Georgia Southern Planetarium. 

Released in 1973, the Billboard-topping album stayed on the charts for over ten years and found its way to GSU four years ago.

Revolutionized in digital innovation, what appears to be a regular laser show consists of advanced sound and imagery. Music from the album is played behind extraordinary visuals inside a dome of 5.1 surround sound.

Dillon Marcy, physics major and planetarium assistant, said that the show has been so popular that guests manage to fill the maximum number of seats in the dome every year.

“Typically, the most people that the planetarium should house at one time is 63 seats,” Marcy said. “There’s been times where we’ve had to bring in seats and fill the maximum capacity of 68.”

As a solution, the Georgia Southern Planetarium adds another hour-long encore presentation to the once-a-year event.

“The last show used to end at 9:00 pm, but we’ve added a 10 o’ clock time slot to meet the high demand,” Marcy said.

Dark Side of the Moon is run by nine computers and a series of projectors.

“Dark Side of the Moon uses two large projectors with four mini projectors inside of them to produce imagery and audio,” Marcy said. “What’s surprising is that a lot of people don’t expect these projectors to be the same projectors used in classrooms.”

Senior chemistry major Michelle Stewart is a regular of the show and has attended every time since it first started.

“Not only is Dark Side of the Moon a fun experience, but it also expresses a certain type of bond between music and science,” Stewart said. “It’s impressive what our departments can do.”

If the weather permits, a telescopic viewing will be held on the observation deck on the rooftop of the planetarium after the show. Members of the Astronomy Club and Physics Department will be guiding guests around the deck while teaching them about the dome’s various types of telescopes.

“It’s an incredible opportunity to not only inform individuals of all ages about astronomy, but to be a part of it and learn even more ourselves,” Astronomy Club member and assistant Bradley Martin said. 

While other universities and museums house Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon planetarium shows, Georgia Southern is one of the only places that presents the show free of charge.

The event is open to the public. Dark Side of the Moon lights up Georgia Southern on Friday, November 6, 2015. Show times are 6:00 pm, 7:00 pm, 8:00 pm, 9:00 pm and 10:00 pm. The planetarium is located in the Math and Physics Building, but the experience is out of this world.