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Follow the life of a star at TCC planetarium show

Some stars are massive, while others are so tiny, they’re almost insignificant. Learn about a variety of stars at Tidewater Community College’s planetarium on Feb. 19.

“Secret Lives of Stars” will explore the specific characteristics of a star, how long it might live and when it might die. The program will be narrated by Sir Patrick Stewart of “Star Trek: The Next Generation” and X-Men films.

TCC’s planetarium is in the Science Building (Building J) on the college’s Virginia Beach Campus. Three shows will be presented at 6:30, 7:30 and 8:30 p.m.

Admission is free and open to the public, but reservations are required. They can be made beginning Feb. 10 by calling 757-822-1122 or emailing A limited number of standby tickets will be available at the planetarium on the day of the show. Arrive at least 15 minutes early to guarantee your reservation.

Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult, and children under 4 are not admitted.

TCC’s planetarium has a state-of-the-art Digistar 5 Laser projector housed in a 40-foot dome with 81 permanent seats. It produces an all-sky image.

Parking is available in the lot closest to the Advanced Technology Center (Building H), which is next to the Science Building.