Come and 'See' the new planetarium show at Bays Mountain Park

Matthew Lane • May 6, 2018 at 1:30 PM

KINGSPORT — A new planetarium show at Bays Mountain Park aims to take you closer into the story of sight and vision.

Beginning this month, the main feature at the planetarium will be “SEEING! — A Photon’s Journey Across Space, Time and Mind.”

According to planetarium director Adam Thanz, the show follows a photon’s creation and journey across the galaxy to a young stargazer’s eye. You’ll be able to follow the photon into the girl’s eye, learning the structures of the eye and their functions, prior to taking a ride on the optic nerve.


“SEEING!” was directed by Robin Sip, written by Emmy Award winner Kris Koenig and narrated by Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson, American astrophysicist, cosmologist, author and science communicator.

Coming back for May and June as the alternative feature is “Appalachian Skies — Spring.”

This live presentation is about the current night sky, and when you watch you’ll find out which constellations and planets are easily visible in our region. You’re encouraged to bring your binoculars for deep-sky exploration.


“SEEING!” will be shown at 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. on weekends and at 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday. “Appalachian Skies — Spring” will be shown on Saturdays and Sundays at 2 p.m.

Tickets are $5 per person. Children ages 5 and younger receive free admission with a paying adult. For more information about Bays Mountain’s planetarium shows, visit baysmountain.com or call (423) 229-9447.