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Planetarium Public Show Schedule

PURCHASING TICKETS:

Tickets can be purchased in advance OR at the door.

Purchase tickets online with a credit card.  Please note that online tickets sales close at 4:00pm on the show date (Friday for Saturday shows) and all online tickets are $4, but kids under 5 are still free. Tickets will be available for pickup in the planetarium 20 minutes prior to the show.

To purchase tickets in person in advance:  Tickets can be purchased at the Physics Department main office in Physical Science room 204 Monday through Thursday from 8-5 and Friday from 8 -4 .  We can only accept cash or checks in person.

Finally, tickets can be purchased in the planetarium 20 minutes before the show (cash or check only); $3 for student and $4 for non-students. Tickets for children under 5 are free.

Doors open 20 minutes before show and close when the show starts. There is no admittance once the show starts.

Saturday Shows

We are offering kid themed shows on the second and fourth Saturdays of the month followed by free activities for those interested in staying.

We are glad to have such a range of young children for our kid-themed shows!  Please note that children must be 12 years or older to attend a show without a parent or guardian present.  And we hope you understand that it can get a little noisy and chaotic at times with so many young kids in a darkened room. We appreciate any help in making these shows enjoyable for all!

August Public Show Schedule

This month at the planetarium we are going to highlight the beauty of the night sky and explore the planets, stars, nebulae, and galaxies that make the night sky beautiful. Come and learn about the lives of stars, how they light up our Universe, how you are made from stars, and more. And don’t miss rocking out with Metallica in our new Laser Metallica show!

Friday August 23 @ 8:00 PM

Constellations Across Cultures

Join us as we take a detailed look at the constellations we know and love, and how they are depicted differently across different cultures while showcasing other cultures’ constellations and stories along the way.

Saturday August 24 @ 11:00 AM

A Special Star

Let’s take a journey across our solar system to learn all about the new and cool things of our fellow planets and why our Sun is such a special star.

Saturday August 24 @ 8:00 PM

Laser Metallica

Come and rock out with a new set list of heavy music for the month of August! The powerful, quick paced, and rocking music of Metallica mixed with some fun and energetic visual effects for your listening and viewing pleasure. Snacks and drinks provided!

Tuesday August 27 @ 7:00 PM

Fulldome Double Feature: Mayan & Mexica Archaeoastronomy

In a feast of colors and sounds, “Mayan Archaeoastronomy: Observers of the Universe” makes a tour of 6 Mayan temples where the spectator dives into a Mayan world of knowledge about the importance of the orientations of its temples in relation to the movement of some stars like the Sun, the Moon and Venus. Through impressive immersive scenarios, “Mexica Archaeoastronomy: Between Space and Time” illustrates the important role played by astronomical observation for the evolution of pre-Hispanic cultures in central Mexico.

Friday August 30 @ 8:00 PM

Brilliant Horizons

It is said that without darkness, we cannot know the light… a quite poetic statement, yet surprisingly realistic. Light, in the form of electromagnetic radiation, is how we experience and learn about the world, especially beyond the earth. In fact, the inner machinations and most exotic objects of our universe could not be explained without the use of the various types of electromagnetic radiation. Join us for a quite literally enlightening night, exploring the farthest [and closest] reaches of our universe. Let there be light!

September Public Show Schedule

We have a lot of really great shows planned for the start of the fall semester including everything from the Science of Science Fiction to the engineering behind the scientific instruments like the Hubble Space Telescope that allow us to explore the Universe. Come learn about the constellations, our Sun, our solar system, the Milky Way galaxy and beyond and then get outside while it’s still warm to explore that night sky for yourself! And don’t miss out on some fun with the Laser Queen show on the nights of Saturday Sept 14th and 28th!

Tuesday September 3 @ 7:00 PM

This Month’s Sky

September in Laramie means lots of students, football, and, of course, beautiful clear night skies. Look out for some amazing celestial events like the conjunction of the Moon and Jupiter, Neptune at its brightest, and the September Equinox. Come learn about this month’s sky so you can get outside and enjoy the warm weather while we still have it!

Friday September 6 @ 8:00 PM

The Science of Science Fiction

In the wide world of fiction, arguably the broadest genre is that of Science Fiction, covering everything from space operas to near-future technodystopias. But the surprising fact is that the science portrayed in these works usually has a grounding in reality, with the most famous science fiction inventions being fairly close to science fact. Tonight, we will go through your favorite sci-fi tropes and inventions for their real-world counterparts.

STAR Observatory Star Party @ 8:30 – 9:30 PM

Join us on the roof of the Physical Sciences building for a star party. We’ll have multiple 8″ telescopes set up as well as our STAR Observatory telescope pointed at what the night sky has to offer for us. Weather permitting.

Tuesday September 10 @ 7:00 PM

Dawn of the Space Age

Relive the excitement of the early days of space exploration! From the launch of the first artificial satellite Sputnik, to the magnificent lunar landings and privately operated space flights — be immersed and overwhelmed with this most accurate historic reconstruction of man’s first steps into space. Who were these men and women who took part in these death-defying endeavors? Witness their drive, their passion, and their perseverance to explore… in Dawn of the Space Age.

Friday September 13 @ 8:00 PM

Constellations Across Cultures

A detailed look at the constellations we know and love, and how they are depicted differently across different cultures. Showing off other cultures constellations and stories along the way.

Saturday September 14 @ 11:00 AM

Space is Art

Space. A beautiful and mysterious place. For many years people have looked up into the sky and got inspiration from the magnificent things they’ve seen there. Let’s take a trip and look at some incredible art that came about thanks to space.

Saturday September 14 @ 8:00 PM

Laser Queen

Come and enjoy the anthemic show for the month of September! The fun, lively and rhythmic music of Queen blended with the eccentric and attention grabbing visual of our very own laser program. Snacks and drinks provided!

Tuesday September 17 @ 7:00 PM

Cosmic Origins Spectrograph

A fulldome film highlighting the current research of Cosmic Origin Spectrograph (C.O.S.) aboard the Hubble Space Telescope, the last instrument installed by the NASA astronauts. C.O.S. is allowing us an unprecedented view into the vast spaces between galaxies which surrounds our own Milky Way. Join us in the exploration of this hidden universe as we decode the secrets to the origins of the cosmos.

Friday September 20 @ 8:00 PM

Into the Wide Blue Yonder

We as humans, despite our many differences, experience emotion roughly the same. Love, Anger, Joy, Sadness. Wanderlust is one of these many feelings, and it has led our ancestors to cross continents and oceans. This same wanderlust has us now turning our gaze to the heavens, probing out with our scientific instruments on the Earth and in its orbit, and especially in the form of robotic probes and landers. We’ll explore the solar system we call home (and beyond), learning about the groundbreaking scientific instruments made in the past century, and in the future to come.

STAR Observatory Star Party @ 8:30 – 9:30 PM

Join us on the roof of the Physical Sciences building for a star party. We’ll have multiple 8″ telescopes set up as well as our STAR Observatory telescope pointed at what the night sky has to offer for us. Weather permitting.

Tuesday September 24 @ 7:00 PM

Dawn of the Space Age

Relive the excitement of the early days of space exploration! From the launch of the first artificial satellite Sputnik, to the magnificent lunar landings and privately operated space flights — be immersed and overwhelmed with this most accurate historic reconstruction of man’s first steps into space. Who were these men and women who took part in these death-defying endeavors? Witness their drive, their passion, and their perseverance to explore… in Dawn of the Space Age.

Friday September 27 @ 8:00 PM

You Are a Star

A journey through space and time from the beginning to the present day. Tracking energy and matter throughout all of time and space in order to trace it right to you. Hopefully along the way explaining why you are a star.

Saturday September 28 @ 11:00 AM

A Special Star

Let’s take a journey across our solar system visiting and learning new and cool things about all of our fellow planets and why our very own Sun is such a special star.

Saturday September 28 @ 8:00 PM

Laser Queen

Come and enjoy the anthemic show for the month of September! The fun, lively and rhythmic music of Queen blended with the eccentric and attention grabbing visual of our very own laser program. Snacks and drinks provided!