Star Trek: First Contact
As part of the popular Science On Screen series, Tampa Theatre will present “Star Trek: First Contact”.
Dr. Doug Gobeille, a professor of astrophysics at the University of South Florida, will give a brief presentation on alien civilizations immediatley before the film.
In a presentation that ties into the film’s plot with equal parts education and entertainment, Dr. Gobeille will discuss exoplanetology, or the art and science of new worlds, and the Drake Equation, which is a mathematical equation used to estimate the number of detectable extraterrestrial civilizations in the Milky Way galaxy.
In “Star Trek: First Contact”, the time is the 24th century, and the ship is the newly-commissioned Enterprise-E. Captain Jean-Luc Picard (Patrick Stewart) has been ordered not to interfere in a battle between a Borg Cube and ships from the Federation. However, seeing the Federation is about to lose, Picard ignore his orders and takes command of the defending fleet. With his knowledge of the Cube’s weak spot, they destroy it. However, a small faction escapes and plots a course directly for Earth. As the Enterprise gives chases, it enters a time distortion created by the Borg and the crew ends up in the mid-21st century. Their only chance of stopping the Borg from assimilating Earth is to help Zefram Cochrane (James Cromwell) make his first faster-than-light travel to the stars.
Science on Screen is made possible through a grant from the Coolidge Corner Theatre, with support from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.
Tickets for Science on Screen are available at the box office for $10 ($8 for children, seniors, military and Tampa Theatre members).
Brought to you with support of the Arts Council of Hillsborough County and the Hillsborough County Board of County Commissioners.