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Finally Friday: Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan

  • Friday, January 26, 2018
  • 5:30pm - 9:00pm
Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (movie poster)

5:30pm-7pm: Food, live music and science stations
7pm: Movie begins in the WRAL 3D Theater, followed by commentary.


Space, the final frontier. These are the voyages of the starship Enterprise. Its continuing mission – to explore strange new worlds, to seek out new life and new civilization, to boldly go where no one has gone before…

Get ready for the upcoming Astronomy Days at the Museum with this tribute to one of the most famous space sagas of all time: Star Trek. Join us at the first installment of Finally Friday for 2018 to watch  Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan and learn everything you ever wanted to know about this amazing saga.

This month’s expert is the museum’s very own Patrick Treuthardt, Assistant Head, Astronomy & Astrophysics Research Lab. He will help us sort out the science behind the movie. Don’t miss it!

Learn more about Finally Friday: Where Science meets the Cinema programming

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“Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan” is rated PG


Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982) — Based on the 1960’s television series Star Trek, it’s the second film of the Star Trek film series.

In the film, Admiral James T. Kirk (William Shatner), Dr. Spock (Leonard Nimoy) and the rest of the Enterprise crew face off against Khan Noonien Sing (Ricardo Montalbán), a genetically engineered tyrant who wants to acquire a powerful terraforming device after escaping from a 15-year exile.

The film is the beginning of a story arc that continues with Star Trek III: The Search for Spock (1984) and concludes with Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home (1986). The Wrath of Khan was released on June 4, 1982 and is considered by some to be the best film in the Star Trek series. It is often credited with renewing substantial interest in the franchise.


The Final Frontier

Discover the wonders found deep in the universe through the “eyes” of space telescopes. Learn about different space telescopes from Hubble to the new James Webb, launching in 2019.

Birds of Prey

The most famous Klingon battleship is the Klingon “Bird of Prey”. Learn about real birds of prey and why the creators of Star Trek decided to design this Klingon ship based on these birds.

Save the Whales

Discover the different species of whales and learn about their important role within the environment. Also see how scientists study these large mammals and test your own whale knowledge.

The Future is Now

Did you know several Star Trek devices that began as science fiction are now science facts? Discover how cell phones, sliding doors, and more first appeared from the imaginations of the Star Trek creators.

Ice Planet

Discover the animals that live in the coldest parts of our planet and see how they have adapted to live and thrive in this extreme weather.



Along with the movie and dynamic Q&A with Patrick, be prepared for exciting trivia with Cool Prizes for correct answers and less cool prizes for incorrect answers! Grand Prize winner of the trivia contest will take home a Star Trek Ceramic Heat Change Travel Mug, which is perfect for these cold and snowy days!


Loos Change is an acoustic trio based in Raleigh that plays a wide range of material from the 1960s to today. From the British Invasion to Americana, classic country, R&B, and pure pop, Loos Change has something for everybody. Don’t miss them at this month’s Finally Friday event!



Enjoy Pork BBQ Siders for $6. There will also be a vegetarian option. And don’t miss our selection of craft beers!



January 26
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
$2/ticket for members, $5/ticket for non-members


WRAL 3D Theater

Downtown Raleigh
11 West Jones Street
Raleigh, NC 27601 United States
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Hugo Romero-Sanchez