Allen F. Blocher Planetarium

Public Programs

  • These programs are free of charge.
  • The doors will open 20 minutes before the shows. 
The Planetarium is closed for public shows
from 24 July to Mid-September
Summer shows
Monday and Tuesday evenings at 7:30 p.m.
Summer shows 15 June through 21 July with different programs each week.
Show dates - June 15 and 16
Sky Quest  
Come along with a young woman on her personal quest to find a special place in the night sky.  Starting with childhood adventures on Mars (thanks to a cardboard rocket), then the discovery of her “birthday star”, eventually leading her to becoming an astronomer.  During the remainder of the show she shares telescopic views of celestial objects and describes the night sky.  Narrated by Roxann Dawson this is an entertaining and educational exploration of the night sky.  
Show dates - June 22 and 23
Cosmic Colors  
Cosmic Colors will take you on a wondrous journey across the entire electromagnetic spectrum.  Discover causes of color like why the sky is blue and why Mars is red.  Look within a plant leaf and journey inside the human eye.  Investigate x-rays by voyaging to a black hole then back to your doctor’s office.  Prepare for an adventure under the rainbow of cosmic light!
Show dates - June 29 and 30
Light Years From Andromeda  
A beam of light leaves the Andromeda galaxy and travels intergalactic space.  On a planet in a nearby galaxy, intelligent life evolves.  As the light travels, over millennia, the primitives on the planet form cultures and civilizations -- and begin to wonder about the universe around them.  When the light finally reaches these people, on the planet Earth, some of the descendants of the early hunters had just escaped Earth to visit their Moon.
Show dates - July 6 and 7
Bad Astronomy: Myths and Misconceptions  
Were the Apollo visits to the moon just a hoax?  Have aliens landed on Earth?  Can you tell your future from the stars?  Prepare to debunk and tackle pseudoscience head-on in this new planetarium show.  Based on the 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 to show visitors how science is used to judge questionable claims.
Show dates - July 13 and 14
Mars Quest  
Mars conjures up impressions ranging from the hottest scientific frontier to aliens from science fiction.  MarsQuest offers both a historical and futuristic look at the Red Planet.  Narrated by Patrick Stewart, it is presented in three short sections, starting with our historic views of Mars.  In part two we move from the one-eyed green Martians of Sci-Fi to the realities of scientific observations.  Learn how misconceptions vanished when the Viking spacecraft landed.  We conclude with a look into future manned and unmanned missions.  Join us learning about the Red Planet.
Show dates - July 20 and 21
Chasing the Ghost Particle  
Deep in the ice at the heart of Antarctica, the biggest and strangest detector in the world waits for mysterious messengers from the cosmos.  The IceCube project starts with a cube shaped detector, measuring two kilometers on a side, buried in the ice of the South Pole looking for traces of neutrinos.  Scientists are using this detector at one of the most remote locations on Earth to study the insides of stars and galaxies.  Chasing the Ghost Particle: From the South Pole to the Edge of the Universe takes you on an incredible journey.

Future Shows -  

Public shows resume Mid-September

 Fall show titles will be determined and posted here by August 1.
The Night Skies of Spring -
Mondays at 8 p.m.

SHOWDATES: March 23, 30; April 6, 13, 20, 27; and May 4 - NO SHOW March 16
Showtimes 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 program we open the Arthur J. Pejsa observatory to allow visitors an opportunity to view objects in the real night sky.
The Stargazer - Sunday at 2 p.m.
SHOWDATES: May 3, 10, 17
The stars themselves are featured in our last program as we look at the life cycles of the stars. This program is narrated in part by Nichelle Nichols, the actress who played Lt. Uhura in the