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Planetarium Show Schedule

PURCHASING TICKETS:

Tickets can be purchased in advance OR at the door.

To purchase tickets online with a credit card in advance:  Click here to purchase tickets online.  Please note that all online tickets are $4, but kids under 5 are still free. Tickets can be picked up at the door 15 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 OR Online.  We can only accept cash or checks in person.

Finally, tickets can be purchased at theater 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. There is no admittance once the show starts.  Doors open 20 minutes before show.  There is no admittance once the show starts.

September Schedule

Welcome back students!  This month at the UW Planetarium, we introduce several new Full Dome Movie planetarium shows and welcome visitors to Family Weekend on September 28th with two planetarium shows (one at 6:00pm and again at 8:00pm) and a special opening of our rooftop observatory.

Tuesday September 4th       

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

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 September 7th      

8:00pm   A Clockwork Universe                                 Duration: 50 minutes

We go about our daily routine constantly looking at the clock, but could you actually define what time is? Time is much more than a ticking clock. It provides us with a variety of lenses through which we can observe the universe.  Tonight, we explore the various ways we can view time and take a closer look at the clockwork of our universe.

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.

Saturday September 8th       

11:00am   Tycho to the Moon A NEW Full Dome Movie                             Duration: 40 minutes

Blast off on an amazing ride with Tycho and his young American friends, Ruby and Michael. Learn about night and day, space travel, phases of the Moon, and features of the lunar surface. Take a close-up look at the Sun, see Tycho play in zero gravity, witness Earth from space, and watch meteors shoot across the night sky.

Activity: Build Your Own Telescope

Tuesday September 11th     

7:00pm Cosmic Origin Spectrograph   A Planetarium Full Dome Movie      Duration: 30 minutes

Created by Boulder’s Fiske Planetarium and showcasing the research of CU-Boulder Scientist, Dr. James Green, this full dome movie highlights the current research of Cosmic Origin Spectrograph (C.O.S.) aboard the Hubble Space Telescope. 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 14th    

8:00pm  The Art of Space                                                       Duration: 50 minutes

Historically, humanity has gazed at the cosmos and seen a giant tapestry, but recently science has dominated the way we look to the heavens.  Tonight we take a classic perspective. Join us as we look at space not as the scientific curiosity, but the artistic inspiration.

Tuesday September 18th

7:00pm Cosmic Origin Spectrograph   A Planetarium Full Dome Movie      Duration: 30 minutes

Created by Boulder’s Fiske Planetarium and showcasing the research of CU-Boulder Scientist, Dr. James Green, this full dome movie highlights the current research of Cosmic Origin Spectrograph (C.O.S.) aboard the Hubble Space Telescope. 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 21st   

8:00pm  The Cosmic Cooking Show                                       Duration: 50 minutes

If our Universe is a stew, there are 118 ingredients, or elements. Some of these elements form the meat and potatoes of the world we see, and some are exotic spices, forged and found in unlikely places. Tonight, we’ll embark on a grand cooking show, discovering some of the most important recipes, or chemical reactions, in our universe. Let’s set the Periodic Table!

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.

Saturday September 22nd   

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 September 25th  

7:00pm DARK the Movie   A Planetarium Full Dome Movie              Duration: 25 minutes

The search for dark matter is the most pressing astrophysical problem of our time, made difficult because we cannot see it with the human eye.  But tonight, we journey through completely immersive visualizations of dark matter evolution calculated upon some of the world’s fastest supercomputers. These visualizations, developed by Paul Bourke, demonstrate the cutting-edge of contemporary supercomputer visualization and how they can help us “see” to the DARK.

Friday September 28th  

6:00pm   Heroes in the Sky                                                     Duration: 50 minutes

Over millennia, humans have been looking at the stars and developing stories and myths about the constellations they create.  These myths have been passed down for generations, and to this day being able to look up and find the constellations and tell their stories around a campfire is a great pleasure.  Tonight we will do exactly that (unfortunately, without the fire).

7:00-9:00pm  FREE Tour of our STAR Observatory

In celebration of UW’s Family Weekend, we will be opening up the rooftop observatory this evening! Join us any time tonight between 7:00 and 9:00pm 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.

8:00pm   Heroes in the Sky                                                     Duration: 50 minutes

Over millennia, humans have been looking at the stars and developing stories and myths about the constellations they create.  These myths have been passed down for generations, and to this day being able to look up and find the constellations and tell their stories around a campfire is a great pleasure.  Tonight we will do exactly that (unfortunately, without the fire).

 

We will be open for our public shows through the 2018 Fall Semester!