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FILM REVIEW: “Cosmic Collisions” rocking the Fleet

That seemingly peaceful, starry night sky is deceptive. It’s the result of cosmic violence, the astronomical force that drive the evolution of the universe. Cosmic violence did the dinosaurs in and made it possible for humans to develop.

“Cosmic Collisions,” a new digital film at the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center, describes visually what its companion exhibit, “Great Balls of Fire,” illustrates upstairs at the center.

Narrated by Robert Redford, “Cosmic Collisions” describes the effects of the collisions of comets and asteroids on the ever-changing universe.

Take, for example, the asteroid that hit 65 million years ago in what is now Mexico. That one scorched everything and caused the extinction of three-quarters of life at the time – including the dinosaurs.

Or like the comet that hit earth, spraying molten rock into space. Most of those rocks fell back to earth, but some kept hurtling around in space, hitting each other and combining until finally – within less than a month’s time – the moon was formed.

Will another comet or asteroid hit earth? See the answers given by scientists in this fascinating new 30-minute film that plays through January 30.

The details

“Cosmic Collisions” plays through Jan. 30 in the Heikoff Dome at Reuben H. Fleet Science Center, 1875 El Prado in Balboa Park.

Daily at 3 and 5 p.m.

For tickets, visit the box office or click HERE.

To read more reviews by SDGLN Theater Critic Jean Lowerison, click HERE.

Call (619) 238-1233 for more information.