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Finally Friday: Mars Attacks!

  • Friday, January 18, 2019
  • 5:30pm - 9:00pm
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5:30pm-7pm: Food, live music and science stations.
7pm: Movie begins in the WRAL 3D Theater, followed by commentary.

“Ack Ack Ack!” roughly translates to:  “Nice planet, we’ll take it!”

Have you seen a herd of cattle on fire running down the street? Or perhaps a chihuahua with human head? How about strange creatures with large eyes and giant green brains? Martians have come to Earth, and they didn’t come in peace!

Avoid the Martian death-rays and join the human resistance in a special prelude to Astronomy Days —  Finally Friday:  Mars Attacks! This month’s expert is the Museum’s very own Patrick Treuthardt, Assistant Head of the Astronomy & Astrophysics Research Lab. He will help us sort out the science behind the movie. Don’t miss it!

Mars Attacks! is rated PG-13. (For sci-fi fantasy violence and brief sexuality.)

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Check out the upcoming movies and learn more about the Finally Friday: Where Science meets the Cinema.

From Warner Brothers and the award-winning director Tim Burton, the 1996 movie “Mars Attacks!” was actually based on Topps chewing gum cards from the 1960s. The movie featured a star-studded cast, including Jack Nicholson, Glenn Close, Annette Bening, Pierce Brosnan, Danny DeVito, Martin Short, Sarah Jessica Parker, Michael J. Fox, Natalie Portman and Tom Jones. Despite receiving mixed responses from critics and the public, Mars Attacks! quickly became a cult classic. In the movie, Martian spacecraft surround the world’s major cities, and all of humanity waits to see if the extraterrestrial visitors have, as they claim, “come in peace.” U.S. President James Dale (Jack Nicholson) receives assurance from science professor Donald Kessler (Pierce Brosnan) that the Martians’ mission is a friendly one. But when a peaceful exchange ends in the total annihilation of the U.S. Congress, military men call for a full-scale nuclear retaliation.


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NC Museum of Natural Sciences
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Sound Science
NC Museum of Natural Sciences
Learn about sound waves and participate in activities to see them in action!

Space Games 
NC Museum of Natural Sciences
Come and test your knowledge of other space/alien movies. Can you guess a movie by seeing only one frame? Plus you can show off your “zapping” skills with our space target game!

Lift Off NC 
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Insect Invasion 
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The Hidden Martian 
NC Museum of Natural Sciences
Create a sliding drawing of Mars to take home with you. Be careful–this craft comes with with an special hidden guest!

Mars Attacks! Button Handouts
NC Museum of Natural Sciences
Hot off the press! A new button from our Finally Friday movie collection has been released. Numbers are limited, so get one fast before they are disintegrated!

MUSIC (5:30–7PM)

Details coming soon!


This Finally Friday event enjoy Hot Dogs with Chili, Pulled Pork bbq Sandwich with Slaw Chicken or Harvest Salad. And don’t miss our selection of wine and craft beers!



January 18, 2019
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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