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Planetarium Show Schedule

January

Happy New Year! 2018 brings many exciting cosmic events, starting with a Super Blue Moon and Total Lunar Eclipse in January!! Join us this year at the UW Planetarium to explore the wonders of our universe.

Saturday January 6th

11:00am Connect the Stars: Constellations     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 January 9th

7:00pm Distant Worlds – Alien Life?     Duration: 40 minutes

When we look up at the night sky, we are looking out into the Universe. Does alien life exist out there? In this show, we journey outward to see what it takes for life to develop – starting with life here on Earth and moving out to the rest of our solar system and on to alien planets that orbit distant stars in our galaxy. What might be essential for alien life on distant moons or planets, and how could we detect it?

Friday January 12th

7:00pm Our Place in Time and Space     Duration: 50 minutes

You may sometimes wonder where we are in the Universe. But, do you ever think “when” are we in the Universe? This show takes a look at not only our physical place in the cosmos, but also the unique time in which we exist. From the Big Bang to the ultimate fate of our Universe tonight will explore the Earth’s place in time and space.

8:00pm FREE Tour of our STAR Observatory     Duration: Weather Dependent

Tuesday January 16th

7:00pm Wyoming Stargazing     Duration: 45 minutes

As the months and seasons change here in Wyoming, new astronomical events occur in our nighttime sky. No matter what time of year, there is always something to see after the Sun goes down. From constellations to meteor showers to visible planets, Wyoming Stargazing acts as your guide to these remarkable events and where to find them.

Friday January 19th

7:00pm Constellations Across Cultures     Duration: 50 minutes

Ancient cultures throughout human history and all across the globe have gazed upward to interpret and utilize the night sky: as a guide across long distances, to predict future events, and to guide rites and rituals. Tonight’s show examines the scientific, religious and traditional significance of astronomy in Incan, Greek, and Arabian cultures.

8:00pm FREE Tour of our STAR Observatory     Duration: Weather Dependent

Saturday January 20th

11:00am To the Moon and Back     Duration: 40 minutes

We see our Earth’s Moon, our closest cosmic neighbor, almost every day. But what do we know about the Moon? Why does it change shape? Is it really made of cheese? What is the Man in the Moon? Have people really walked on it? This morning we will explore the Moon to answer these questions and more!
After the show, join us to create craters in a lunar surface to see how cosmic debris shaped the surface of the Moon.

Tuesday January 23rd

7:00pm Distant Worlds – Alien Life?     Duration: 40 minutes

When we look up at the night sky, we are looking out into the Universe. Does alien life exist out there? In this show, we journey outward to see what it takes for life to develop – starting with life here on Earth and moving out to the rest of our solar system and on to alien planets that orbit distant stars in our galaxy. What might be essential for alien life on distant moons or planets, and how could we detect it?

Friday January 26th

7:00pm Mind-Blowing Astronomy     Duration: 50 minutes

Stars the size of our solar system, time warping black holes, voids of nothing hundreds of millions of light years across — these are just a few of the mind-boggling topics we will explore in this show. Get ready to have your socks knocked off with a new perspective of the Universe around you!

8:00pm FREE Tour of our STAR Observatory     Duration: Weather Dependent

Tuesday January 30th

7:00pm Wyoming Stargazing     Duration: 45 minutes

As the months and seasons change here in Wyoming, new astronomical events occur in our nighttime sky. No matter what time of year, there is always something to see after the Sun goes down. From constellations to meteor showers to visible planets, Wyoming Stargazing acts as your guide to these remarkable events and where to find them.