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Gross! Morehead Planetarium's newest show all about 'Grossology'

Posted November 19, 2014

Morehead Planetarium and Science Center will open its newest original fulldome planetarium show this weekend and it's perfect for kids who erupt into giggles about anything that has to do with gas and burps and other bodily functions.

The public can see "Grossology and You," based on the popular Grossology book series, at 11:30 a.m., Saturday. Other showtimes this weekend are 12:30 p.m., Saturday; and 1:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m., Sunday. 

Morehead in Chapel Hill will celebrate the premiere from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., Sunday, with free hands-on activities for kids and adults; "gross" Science Stage presentations; and an appearance from "Grossology and You" star Boogie, who will sign autographs and pose for pictures. 

The movie is based on books written by Sylvia Branzei and illustrated by Jack Keely. It was funded, in part, by an NIH grant, according to a press release.

This will be different from other shows at Morehead because it's not about astronomy, space science and the galaxies. Instead, it's all about the human body and how it works to keep us healthy.

"Morehead is really creating a path for other planetariums to follow with our new 'Grossology and You' show," explained Todd Boyette, Morehead's director, in the release. "Fulldome digital video technology lets us design planetarium shows that are unlike anything you've ever seen in a planetarium before now. 

"Instead of traveling into outer space, you're traveling into inner space — the human body — and you'll be amazed by what you find there," Boyette added. "But I have to warn you: It's really gross!"

The movie features characters like Scabby, a hip-hop artist who represents the immune system; Boogie, a disco diva who represents the respiratory system; and Flatus, a rock star who represents the digestive system.

"As the three animated characters compete to see which system is most important, the audience learns how "gross" body functions protect us against infections and illness," the release says.

Morehead also has opened a new exhibit called "Gross Labs" where visitors pretend they are applying for jobs such as Poop Analyzer and Snot Surveyor. The names of the jobs are gross, but the skills they require are the same as those needed for real science careers. 

Show tickets are $7.68 for adults and $6.51 for seniors, students and children. Admission to "Gross Labs" is free. There are no advance ticket sales. This weekend, each ticket holder will get a special commemorative gift, while supplies last.

"Grossology and You" will be on Morehead's schedule through February.

Check this YouTube trailer for a preview of the new movie.


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