begin at 2:00 p.m. unless otherwise noted
Patrick Stewart (Cpt.
Jean-Luc Picard from the series Star Trek) narrates this program that takes a
look at how our understanding of planet Mars has changed through the years. The
three sections look first at the Mars of science fiction, then the Mars of
science fact, and finally the possible Mars of the future.
Dates: September 11, 18, 25; October 2,
Patrick Stewart, also known as Captain Picard
from the famous series Star Trek, will guide visitors 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. 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. The planetarium lecturer will conclude the
program with the addition of some very recent events that seem to be emerging
from the realm of science fiction and becoming reality.
Date: October 23 – included in the
Wisconsin Science Festival
in the ice at the heart of Antarctica, the biggest and strangest detector in
the world awaits for mysterious messengers from the cosmos. Scientists are
using tiny and elusive particles called neutrinos to explore the insides of
stars and planets. These ghostly neutrinos give us an exclusive look into
exploding stars and black holes.
October 30; November 6, 13, 20
show on November 27 (student vacation)
Our holiday program,
especially for the young, takes a (multicultural) look at the many holiday
customs and why the winter solstice was important. The program also describes
different religious traditions and takes a look at Christmas story and the
Dates: December 4, 11, 18
Shows start at 2 p.m.
multicultural program will lead you through the discovery of many basic
astronomy concepts as you explore the holiday traditions of several cultures
and religions. Also hear about the origins of many of our modern holiday
customs. We conclude with a look at some of the ideas of what the Christmas
Dates: December 4, 11, 18 --- Shows at 3:15 p.m.
Colors will take you on a wondrous journey across the entire electromagnetic
spectrum. Discover the many reasons for color - like why the sky is
blue and why Mars is red. Take a tour within a plant’s leaf and journey
inside the human eye. Investigate x-rays by voyaging to a monstrous black
hole and then back to your doctor's office. You will even see the actual
color of a dinosaur - based on recent evidence. Get ready for an
amazing adventure under a rainbow of cosmic light.
Dates: January 22, 29; February 5, 12,
19, 26; March 5
with a young woman on her personal quest to find a special place in the night
sky. Starting with her childhood adventures on Mars (thanks to a cardboard
rocket) and on to the discovery of her birthday star, these experiences
eventually led her to becoming an astronomer. During the remainder of the
program she shares telescopic views of celestial objects and describes how to
actually find many of the stars and constellations in the night sky. Sky Quest
is narrated by Roxann Dawson (the actress who portrays B'Elanna Torres on TV's
Star Trek: Voyager) and it is an entertaining and educational exploration of
the night sky.
Dates: March 12; April 2, 9, 16, 23, 30;
No shows on March 19, 26 (student