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Planetarium Public 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.

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! Parents, please 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!

November Public Show Schedule

This November, the planetarium invites you look up at our night sky in wonder, awe, and appreciation of more than the astronomy that deciphers our universe.  Join us to explore and appreciate ancient views of the heavens from around the globe.

**Please note, we will be switching to our Winter Hours this month.  Friday night shows now start at 7:00pm and STAR Observatory tours are from 8:00 to 9:30pm.**

 

Thursday November 15th

7:00pm  Aboriginal Skies: Land of the Lightning People                    Duration: 90 minutes

Tonight, the UW Planetarium hosts a special event presented by Paul Taylor, an Australian storyteller and educator.  In Aboriginal Skies Paul Taylor explores the creation story and ancient rock art describing Aboriginal beliefs about the heavens. Tonight will discover the sky the way the Wardaman view it, based on research done with Bill Yidumduma Harney, Senior Elder of the Wardaman people of the Northern Territory in Australia.

Friday November 16th  

7:00pm  Aboriginal Skies: Land of the Lightning People                    Duration: 90 minutes

Tonight, the UW Planetarium hosts a special event presented by Paul Taylor, an Australian storyteller and educator.  In Aboriginal Skies Paul Taylor explores the creation story and ancient rock art describing Aboriginal beliefs about the heavens. Tonight will discover the sky the way the Wardaman view it, based on research done with Bill Yidumduma Harney, Senior Elder of the Wardaman people of the Northern Territory in Australia.

8:00-9:30pm  FREE Tour of our STAR Observatory

Join us any time tonight between 8:00 and 9:30pm 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.  Please be sure to dress warm as evenings are chilly!

Tuesday November 20th

7:00pm IBEX: Search for the Edge of the Solar System               Duration: 40 minutes

The Sun lies at the center of our solar system, and it is orbited by planets, Pluto, asteroids, and so much more.  But where does the solar system end?  Tonight’s full dome movie looks beyond the orbit of Pluto to discover that our solar system reaches further than we could have ever imagined.

Friday November 23rd and Saturday November 24th    

The planetarium will be closed to celebrate Thanksgiving Weekend!  Gobble, gobble!

Tuesday November 27th   

7:00pm Two Small Pieces of Glass                                         Duration: 25 minutes

Galileo did not invent the telescope, but he was the first person to use the newly invented device to observe the sky. His two small pieces of glass revealed a Universe that was far more complex than previously assumed. Telescopes have advanced considerably since Galileo’s time. Humanity now has large observatories and even a couple in outer space.  Two Small Pieces of Glass shares the way telescope development has helped us understand our place in space.

Friday November 30th

UW’s Society of Physics Students (SPS) Full Dome Movie Open House

Today, the Society of Physics Students hosts a FREE full dome movie event at the UW Planetarium.  The planetarium will be open from 4:00pm to 8:00pm today and will be showing Full Dome Movies every hour on the hour!  Join us at any time for movies, snacks, and prizes that are out of this world!

December Public Show Schedule

As 2018 comes to a close, shows at the UW planetarium look deep into the furthest corners of our universe to see what there is to discover and how astronomers discover it.  Join us under the planetarium’s warm and cloudless December skies and wonder at the splendor of our universe.

Tuesday December 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 observing these remarkable events.

Friday December 7th

7:00pm            Brilliant Horizons                                                                   Duration: 50 minutes

Light, in the form of electromagnetic radiation, is how we experience and learn about the universe, especially space beyond Earth. Join us this Friday for a quite literally enlightening night, exploring the farthest [and closest] reaches of our universe. Let there be light!

8:00-9:30pm  FREE Tour of our STAR Observatory

Join us any time tonight between 8:00 and 9:30pm 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.  Please be sure to dress warm as evenings are chilly!

Saturday December 8th          

11:00am          Tycho to the Moon                                                                  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.

After show activity: Clay Moon Models

Tuesday December 11th       

7:00pm Two Small Pieces of Glass                                                               Duration: 25 minutes

Galileo did not invent the telescope, but he was the first person to use the newly invented device to observe the sky. His two small pieces of glass revealed a Universe that was far more complex than previously assumed. Humanity now has large observatories and even telescopes in outer space!  Two Small Pieces of Glass shares the way telescope development has helped us understand our place in space.

Friday December 14th   

7:00pm            Star of the Magi                                                                      Duration: 60 minutes

The book of Matthew describes a “star that rose in the East” as leading “magi” to the birthplace of Jesus.  Could this star, depicted in artwork for nearly two thousand years, have been an astronomical event?  A supernova?  A comet?  A planetary conjunction with great significance?  Come speculate and learn about the heavens and wonder as astronomer Chip Kobulnicky presents celestial possibilities that may underlie this storied event.

Saturday December 15th     

4:00pm            Star of the Magi                                                                      Duration: 60 minutes

The book of Matthew describes a “star that rose in the East” as leading “magi” to the birthplace of Jesus.  Could this star, depicted in artwork for nearly two thousand years, have been an astronomical event?  A supernova?  A comet?  A planetary conjunction with great significance?  Come speculate and learn about the heavens and wonder as astronomer Chip Kobulnicky presents celestial possibilities that may underlie this storied event.

Tuesday December 18th

7:00pm Two Small Pieces of Glass                                                               Duration: 25 minutes

Galileo did not invent the telescope, but he was the first person to use the newly invented device to observe the sky. His two small pieces of glass revealed a Universe that was far more complex than previously assumed. Humanity now has large observatories and even telescopes in outer space!  Two Small Pieces of Glass shares the way telescope development has helped us understand our place in space.

Friday December 21st    

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

Stars the size of our solar system, time warping black holes, giant voids of nothing — 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 your new perspective of the Universe around you!

8:00-9:30pm  FREE Tour of our STAR Observatory

Join us any time tonight between 8:00 and 9:30pm 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.  Please be sure to dress warm as evenings are chilly!

Saturday December 22nd

11:00am          The Center of Our Galaxy: Stars and Black Holes                Duration: 40 minutes

Stars and Black holes are two of the most fascinating objects we see in space — both to casual observers and scientists. This show will explore how stars and black holes work, and how they affect the Milky Way galaxy.

After show activity: Chromatography Ornaments

The planetarium will be closed until January 4th for UW’s Winter Break.  Have a wonderful Holiday Season!
Please check back for updates on our 2019 public show schedule.