Spoiler alert: The six onion-eating wives deserted their husbands and became the Pleiades. (Credit: NASA, ESA and AURA/Caltech)
BY AMY SAYLE
Every night, playing out in the stars above us are stories of love. Not many of them are mushy, happily-ever-after stories, though. At this year’s Valentine edition of our live Carolina Skies show, we’ll find out what happens to:
- Lindu, who rejects three astronomical suitors in favor of the more exciting but less reliable Prince of the Northern Lights,
- the six wives who loved eating onions more than they loved their husbands,
- the herdsman with the worst mother-in-law of all time,
- Moon, who thinks he’s polygamous, but whose wives are both Venus,
- the beautiful girl whose parents decide to chain her to a rock—with no clothes on, no less—and leave her to be devoured by a sea monster, until her future husband attempts a rescue, and
- the man who furiously crashes his ex-fiancée’s wedding, not realizing his rival carries around the head of Medusa as a weapon.
Along the way, you’ll learn to identify the planets, stars, and constellations that appear in the stories—skills you can impress your sweetie with.
We’ll end with a fly-through of the universe. Your lover claims to love you to the moon and back? We’ll go way, way further than that.
You have three opportunities to see Carolina Skies: Valentine edition:
- Friday, Feb. 13, 2015, at 8:30 p.m.
- Saturday, Feb. 14, 2015, at 7 p.m. & 8:30 p.m.
Please note that the content and style of these live shows are designed for an audience of adults and older teens. (For younger children with an interest in stars or storytelling, we recommend our monthly Star Families series.)
UNC students who show their UNC OneCard at Friday’s show can get 2-for-1 tickets for that show only.