The Night Skies of the Winter/Spring– Monday at 8 p.m.
SHOWDATES: January 25
February 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
March 7, 14, 28 (No show on March 21 - Spring Break)
April 4, 11, 18, 25
May 2, 9
Showtimes at 20:00 (8 p.m.)
As the seasons change, so does our view of
the night sky.
This show takes an in depth look at the
stars, planets and constellations of the current night sky.
If the skies are clear following this planetarium program we open the Arthur J.
Pejsa observatory to allow visitors an opportunity to view objects in the real
JOURNEY TO THE STARS - Sunday at 2 p.m.
SHOWDATES: January 24, 31
February 7, 14, 21 (canceled due to technical problems), 28
March 6, 13 (No shows on March 20, 27 - Spring Break)
Did you ever
wonder what types of objects make up our vastly large universe? Or how some
things you see in the night sky could be explained? If so, this show is for
you. We will take a look at how astronomers study the heavens, mainly with the
use of different kinds of telescopes. Using these huge light collectors, they
have been able to see heavenly objects that inspire wonder and delight.
Throughout the show, we will take a survey of the known universe. We answer
several important questions such as, “How big is our solar system? How big is
the universe? What are stars like? Where are the other galaxies located?”
Naturally we see things like shooting stars and the northern lights and we also
see our satellites going around. The show concludes with a look at
humankind’s future in space.
HUBBLE VISION - Sunday at 2 p.m.
SHOWDATES: April 3, 10, 17, 24
May 1, 8
launch in 1990, the Hubble Space Telescope has provided incredible images in
unprecedented detail to astronomers, and made an astonishing array of
discoveries – from nearby objects in the solar system to the most distant
galaxies at the limits of the observable universe. In this production, major
themes in current astronomy and cosmology are presented. This show looks at
views of the planets, peeks into stellar nurseries and shows visions of stellar
death in its many forms. Hubble has explored star clusters and galaxies as well
as views of the universe when the earliest galaxies first shone. Join us in
viewing the universe through the unblinking eye of one of the world’s premier
THE 2016 TRANSIT OF MERCURY
When a planet is seen passing across the solar
disk we observe its transit. For an Earth-bound observer only Mercury and Venus
offer such occurrences. There are 13 or 14 transits of Mercury each century.
Venus is not as “generous”; its transits occur in pairs with more than a
century between pairs. The last transit of Venus was on June 5/6, 2012, the
next one will only happen in 2117.
On May 9, Mercury
will be seen transiting the face of the Sun. Observed through a telescope (PROPERLY EQUIPPED WITH A SOLAR FILTER!!!) Mercury will appear as a little dark dot
against the bright Sun. We will be able to trace its passage starting at 06:12
a.m. until 1:42 p.m.
The department of Physics and Astronomy here at
UWSP will deploy two telescopes in the sundial area and two other ones will be
mounted on fixed piers atop the Science Building, on a platform by the
We cordially invite you to stop by and take a
look through one of our telescopes and witness a spectacular astronomical
event. The next transit of Mercury will be in 2019.
SUMMER 2016 PLANETARIUM PROGRAMS
The Allan F. Blocher Planetarium will host a series of summer public shows in the interval May 23 - July 27. Please see the specific days, titles and times below:
Summer Shows are Monday & Wednesday
begin at 7:30 p.m.
MAY 23, 25
his program takes a look at our understanding of the
Aurora Borealis or northern lights. We look at some of the early myths
associated with these phenomena and follow our understanding of their origin
from ideas of the ancient Greeks to our modern-day knowledge of their
appearance as a link between electricity and magnetism and between the Sun and
JUNE 1, 20, 22
arrated by Nichelle Nichols (Lt. Uhura from Star Trek) and Dr. James Kaler (noted stellar
astronomer) we take a more personal look at astronomy. Using principles of
properties of light, and the spectrum, this program explores the
very nature of the stars and stellar life cycles.
JUNE 27, 29;
ere the Apollo visits to the
moon actually a hoax? Have aliens landed
on Earth? Can you tell your future from
the stars? Prepare to debunk and tackle
on in this new planetarium show. Based on the popular book and website by the
same name, Bad Astronomy offers a unique and fun approach to learning about the
cosmos. Join the “Bad Astronomer” Phil
Plait as he takes a critical look at popular myths and misconceptions to show
visitors how science can be used to evaluate questionable claims.
DAWN OF ASTRONOMY
JULY 11, 13, 18
back in time to catch a glimpse of the dawn of astronomy. By looking at the
prehistoric megaliths of Stonehenge, the mighty pyramids of Egypt, and the
towering ziggurats of Babylonia we unearth our ancestor's fascination and
understanding of the heavens and their shrines which are linked to celestial
events. Learn how the ancients, through their astronomical observations,
measured time and determined direction, as well as how they were able to build the
impressive pyramids and Stonehenge.
JULY 20, 25, 27
atrick Stewart is guiding us through a long history of
human exploration, innovation, and
discovery; from the early expeditions of Columbus and
Captain Cook to those who expanded our understanding of the universe beyond the
home planet: Kepler, Newton, and Galileo. Finally, the more recent inventions
and technological breakthroughs (Wright brothers, Konstantin Tsiolkovski, and
Robert Goddard) offer a detailed chronology of the steps that led to the modern