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Don’t let the title Secret Lives of Stars fool you: This has nothing to do with Hollywood gossip. Instead, this planetarium special is all about the stars in the night sky, from the massive to the tiny. Poor things … they don’t know they’re all doomed. Our own Sun will run out of fuel in the next eight to ten billion years. Sirius, the brightest star in the sky and twice as big as our Sun, will exhaust its fuel supply in just a few hundreds of millions of years. Sure, that sounds like a long time, but in terms of the galaxy, a few hundreds of millions of years isn’t an extraordinarily long lifetime.
Sir Patrick Stewart (Star Trek: The Next Generation and X-Men) narrates the show, explaining the difference between planetary nebulas and supernovas and the like.
Various show times 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily. Houston Museum of Natural Science, 5555 Hermann Park Drive. For information, call 713-639-4629 or visit hmns.org. $8.