Allen F. Blocher Planetarium

Public Programs

  • These programs are free of charge.
  • The doors will open 20 minutes before the shows.  


The Allen F. Blocher Planetarium will host a
 series of summer public shows in the
interval May 23 - July 27.
Please see the
specific days, times and titles below:
Summer Shows are Monday & Wednesday
   Programs 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 the Earth.

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 gravity, the
properties of light, and the spectrum, this program explores the very nature of the stars and stellar life cycles.

JUNE  27,  29; JULY  6

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 pseudoscience head
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.

JULY  11, 13, 18

ourney 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 Tsiolkovsky, and Robert Goddard) offer a detailed chronology of the steps that led to the modern space exploration.