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Planetarium Show Schedule

Please note, the Planetarium will only be accepting cash for the month of June.

 

 

May

This month at the UW Planetarium, we will be exploring the skies from many different perspectives. Join us this May to sightsee the historical, cross-cultural, fictional, and modern Laramie skies.

 

Tuesday May 22nd

7:00pm Mayan Archaeoastronomy – A Planetarium Full Dome Movie Duration: 20 minutes

Mayan Archaeoastronomy: Observers of the Universe is unique among planetarium shows, intertwining science and mythology to take the viewer on a poetic journey through how the Mayans have viewed and understood the Universe throughout their history.

Friday May 25th

8:00pm Black Holes, Supernovae, & The Wacky Stellar Graveyard Duration: 50 minutes

Carl Sagan famously explained that we are made of stardust. But what exactly does that mean? Join us tonight to learn more about interstellar dust, nuclear fusion, the origins of the periodic table, and how they all lead to cataclysmic deaths of stars.

Saturday May 26th

11:00am Constellations for Beginners Duration: 40 minutes

For thousands of years, humans have been looking at the stars and using their imaginations to develop stories and myths about the constellations they create. The constellations have stories of Heroes and Heroines, Monsters and Villains, Gods and Goddesses, anything you could imagine! Join us as we discover these amazing tales behind our constellations.

Stay after the show to design your own 2-dimensional OR 3-dimensional constellation.

Tuesday May 29th

7:00pm Mayan Archaeoastronomy – A Planetarium Full Dome Movie Duration: 20 minutes

Mayan Archaeoastronomy: Observers of the Universe is unique among planetarium shows, intertwining science and mythology to take the viewer on a poetic journey through how the Mayans have viewed and understood the Universe throughout their history.

 

June

This June at the UW Planetarium celebrates the Summer Solstice and our sparkling evening skies.  Join us this summer for planetarium shows and our third annual Summer of Astronomy Activity Challenge!

 

Friday June 1st

8:00pm  Astronomy Mythbusters                                                        Duration: 50 minutes

What causes the seasons? Do astronauts feel gravity in space? Is there gravity on the Moon? Is there a dark-side of the Moon? Are shooting stars really stars? What color is the Sun? When I look at a star, has it already burned out? These are some common astronomy questions that lead to many misconceptions! Join us as we bust your myths and misconceptions about space!

 

8:00-10:00pm  FREE Tour of our STAR Observatory

Join us any time tonight between 8:00 and 10:00pm on the roof of the Physical Sciences Building to tour our STAR Observatory.  Weather permitting, we will set up the telescopes to peer closer into the evening sky.

 

Tuesday June 5th    

7:00pm  This Month’s Sky                                                                   Duration: 45 minutes

Happy Summer!  As the months and seasons change here in Wyoming, new astronomical events occur in our nighttime sky.  From constellations to meteor showers to visible planets, This Month’s Sky acts as your guide to these remarkable events and where to find them.

 

Friday June 8th   

8:00pm  Into the Dark: The Ghost of the Cosmos                                         Duration: 50 minutes

One of the greatest mysteries of modern astronomy: “What exactly is Dark Matter?” Tonight we will bring you up to speed with everything that we do know, and everything we have yet to discover.

 

Saturday June 9th

11:00am  Our Closest Star                                                                            Duration: 40 minutes

What is Earth’s closest star?  It is the Sun, only 8.5 light-minutes away from our small blue planet!  In this show, we will travel from the center of our Sun and outward to the invisible force field that protects the Earth from the solar wind.  Today we will explore our closest star by discussing what it is and the many ways it affects us here on Earth – both good and bad.

After the show, we will safely take a closer look at our closest star with Sun Viewing and UW Beads at the STAR Observatory.

 

Tuesday June 12th  

7:00pm Phantom of the Universe: the Hunt for Dark Matter – A Planetarium Full Dome Movie     Duration: 30 minutes

Phantom of the Universe is an exciting exploration of dark matter, from the Big Bang to its anticipated discovery at the Large Hadron Collider. This new full-dome planetarium movie reveals the first hints of dark matter’s existence through the eyes of Fritz Zwicky, the scientist who coined the term “dark matter.” Tonight, audiences explore all that we know and all there is still to learn about the Phantom of the Universe.

 

Friday June 15th    

8:00pm   Overcoming Armageddon                                                               Duration: 50 minutes

Popular science fiction movies such as Deep Impact and Armageddon explore the danger posed on the Earth by wayward space rocks.  Just ask the dinosaurs, the impact could be catastrophic.  Tonight we will take an in-depth look into these small cosmic bodies and discover why studying something so small can forever change our understanding of the Earth’s future.

 

8:00-10:00pm  FREE Tour of our STAR Observatory

Join us any time tonight between 8:00 and 10:00pm on the roof of the Physical Sciences Building to tour our STAR Observatory.  Weather permitting, we will set up the telescopes to peer closer into the evening sky.

 

Tuesday June 19th  

7:00pm Phantom of the Universe: the Hunt for Dark Matter – A Planetarium Full Dome Movie     Duration: 30 minutes

Phantom of the Universe is an exciting exploration of dark matter, from the Big Bang to its anticipated discovery at the Large Hadron Collider. This new full-dome planetarium movie reveals the first hints of dark matter’s existence through the eyes of Fritz Zwicky, the scientist who coined the term “dark matter.” Tonight, audiences explore all that we know and all there is still to learn about the Phantom of the Universe.

 

Friday June 22nd    

8:00pm  E.T. and the search for extraterrestrial life                          Duration: 50 minutes

Almost without exception, one cannot write good space science fiction without some kind of alien life involved, and yet so far we have not found signs of extraterrestrial life. But could intelligent life exist and be near enough to contact us? Join us as we tour the possibilites in our own solar system and beyond.

 

Saturday June 23rd    

11:00am   Our Perfect Earth                                                 Duration: 40 minutes

Our Earth is the perfect planet for life.  This morning, we will take a closer look at the perfect Earth and how our atmosphere, climate, and place in the Goldilocks Zone all come together to make our home suitable for life.

Our after-show activity delves into the unique beauty of the Earth with a kid-friendly, hand-made Stained Glass Earth.

 

Tuesday June 26th  

7:00pm Phantom of the Universe: the Hunt for Dark Matter – A Planetarium Full Dome Movie     Duration: 30 minutes

Phantom of the Universe is an exciting exploration of dark matter, from the Big Bang to its anticipated discovery at the Large Hadron Collider. This new full-dome planetarium movie reveals the first hints of dark matter’s existence through the eyes of Fritz Zwicky, the scientist who coined the term “dark matter.” Tonight, audiences explore all that we know and all there is still to learn about the Phantom of the Universe.

 

Friday June 29th

8:00pm  Future Skies                                                  Duration: 50 minutes

The Sun rises and sets each day, constellations change with the seasons, and planets march through the Zodiac.  These are the astronomical motions that humans have witnessed over centuries.  But the entire universe is constantly evolving and changing our view of the night sky.  Tonight will introduce you the night sky’s long-term evolution,

 

 

We will be open for our public shows through the entire summer!