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A picture of Griffith Observatory.
The new "Time's Up" planetarium show debuts at Griffith Observatory tonight. The high-tech multimedia spectacular uses the Mayan 2012 prediction as a jumping off point to explore time and the cosmos. It's the first re-vamp of the presentation in years and it took 15 months to get off the ground.
Laura Danly, Observatory curator, led the team that created the show. She said "Time's Up" is intended to engage bigger questions about time and address popular fears about the end of the world.
"So part of the effort is to make sure that it's very clear that the world is going to be here on December 22, 2012, that we have science to show us that there is no magic hammer that's going to come down and put an end to it all."
The supposed Mayan prediction is used as a starting point to explore these bigger questions of what time is and how we measure time.
KPCC's Meghan McCarty gives a preview.