Programs & Events

First Friday: Five Million Years to Earth

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Jan. 4, 2013 | Friday, 5:00pm
Location: Museum of Natural Sciences - Main Auditorium

Five Million Years to Earth movie posterSometime in the near future, when we least expect it, they will come. Cities will burn. Mankind will panic. Our world will tremble. You must see “Five Million Years to Earth” before it’s too late. Lucky for you, it is showing at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences on First Friday, January 4 at 7pm. Even luckier, it’s free.

While digging a new subway line in London, a construction crew discovers an unusual skeleton and an alien space ship that has powerful psychic effects on the people nearby. A detailed study of the artifacts leads scientists to form some shocking conclusions about the origin of the human race. “Five Million Years to Earth” (1967, originally “Quatermass and the Pit”) is one of three films based on Nigel Kneale's “Quatermass” British sci-fi TV series.

Want to know what’s in your water? At this month’s Teen Science Café (6pm in the Daily Planet Café), Dr. Heather Patisaul from N.C. State University will talk about where our drinking water comes from, the difference between tap and bottled water, the pros and cons of the different types of containers our water comes in, and the environmental and health impacts of our water consumption choices. Then, we will put your taste buds to the test to see if you can distinguish different types of water and liquids stored in different types of containers.

The Museum and the new Nature Research Center stay open from 5 to 9 pm on the First Friday of every month, inviting visitors to witness a (classic) sci-fi or horror movie, wander through eye-catching exhibits, or enjoy food and beverages at the Daily Planet Café. “Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition” is now open and First Friday visitors can see it at a discounted rate ($3 off adult tickets). Additionally, the Museum Stores offer after-hours shopping and a special showing of the Mountains to the Sea Quilt by the Durham Orange Art Quilt Bee (through January 27) in the Nature Art Gallery.

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