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Planetarium Show Schedule

August

Stars, planets, meteor showers, and more!  There is so much to see in the evening skies this month.  Join us on the roof on August 3rd and 17th to explore these visible wonders.  Shows at the UW Planetarium take a closer look into the ancient and unseen aspects of astronomy.  There is something for everyone this August!

 

Tuesday August 14th    

7:00pm From Earth to the Universe   A Planetarium Full Dome Movie        Duration: 30 minutes

A desire to comprehend the Universe may well be humanity’s oldest shared intellectual experience. Yet only recently have we truly begun to grasp our place in the vast cosmos. To learn about this journey of celestial discovery, from the theories of the ancient Greek astronomers to today’s grandest telescopes, we invite you to experience From Earth to the Universe.

Friday August 17th   

8:00 pm Full Dome Movie Double Feature: Mayan Archaeoastronomy & Seeing                        Duration: 50 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.

Seeing: Ride a photon across the galaxy to your mind’s eye and experience how we see.  SEEING! follows a photon’s creation and journey across the galaxy to a young stargazer’s eye.

Note: Due to unforeseen circumstances we have postponed “The Art of Space” to our September schedule.  Please join us for a Full Dome Movie Double Feature this evening!

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 August 21st

7:00pm From Earth to the Universe   A Planetarium Full Dome Movie        Duration: 30 minutes

A desire to comprehend the Universe may well be humanity’s oldest shared intellectual experience. Yet only recently have we truly begun to grasp our place in the vast cosmos. To learn about this journey of celestial discovery, from the theories of the ancient Greek astronomers to today’s grandest telescopes, we invite you to experience From Earth to the Universe.

Friday August 24th  

8:00pm  Wonders of the Ancient Skies                                               Duration: 50 minutes

Archeo-astronomy is the fusion of two seemingly different fields, which happen to be very similar in purpose. Today, we’ll explore ancient wonders in the study of astronomy, such as the Egyptian pyramids, Stonehenge, and even Mayan marker stones, and attempt to understand their purpose and the people who left them.

Saturday August 25th  

11:00am   How We Re-classified Pluto                                                         Duration: 40 minutes

From its discovery in 1930 to re-classification in 2006, Pluto has been a hot topic here in the USA and a favorite among school children.  Today we will remember Pluto: its brief period as a planet, reasons for its re-classification, New Horizons discoveries, and America’s reactions to it all.

Activity: Pocket Solar System

Tuesday August 28th

7:00pm From Earth to the Universe   A Planetarium Full Dome Movie        Duration: 30 minutes

A desire to comprehend the Universe may well be humanity’s oldest shared intellectual experience. Yet only recently have we truly begun to grasp our place in the vast cosmos. To learn about this journey of celestial discovery, from the theories of the ancient Greek astronomers to today’s grandest telescopes, we invite you to experience From Earth to the Universe.

Friday August 31st

8:00pm   Astronomy Mythbusters                                                                   Duration: 50 minutes

What causes the seasons? Do astronauts feel gravity in space? What causes the phases of the Moon? What are shooting stars? What color is the Sun? When I look at a star, has it already burned out? These are some common astronomy questions that you may think you know the answer to… but you could be wrong.  Join us as we bust your myths and misconceptions about space!

 

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