Allen F. Blocher Planetarium


Public Programs

  • These programs are free of charge
  • The doors will open 30 minutes before shows unless stated otherwise

 

 
Chasing the Ghost Particle - Sundays at 2 p.m.
 
SHOWDATES: January 25; February 1, 8, 15, 22; March 1, 8, 29
There will be no shows March 15 and 22
 
 
Deep in the ice at the heart of Antarctica, the biggest and strangest detector in the world waits for mysterious messengers from the cosmos. Scientists are using tiny and elusive particles called neutrinos to explore the insides of stars and galaxies. These ghostly neutrinos give us an exclusive look into exploding stars and black holes. In this new program, we see stunning views of the most extreme places in our universe. The galaxies around us, the Earth, and the Sun are the prelude to a thrilling journey inside the detector, looking for traces of neutrinos from when they collide with atoms in the ice. From one of the most remote locations on Earth to the unexplored regions of the cosmos, Chasing the Ghost Particle: From the South Pole to the Edge of the Universe takes you on a journey you will never forget.
 
  

 

The Night Skies of Winter - Mondays

SHOWDATES: January 26, February 2, 9, 16, 23
 
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 PLANETARIUM IS CLOSED
 
            DURING THE HOLIDAY BREAK
 
  
 
 

Future Shows -

 
 
 
              LASER LIGHT SHOWS this spring
 
 We will be presenting laser light shows the weeks of 

    March 25-28 and April 1-4 at 8, 9, and 10 p.m.  
 
                 We do have an admission charge for these shows of 
           $5 for Adults, $4 for Students and $3 for UW-SP Students
 
Shows will use the music of Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, the Beatles, and other groups.
 
The Final Schedule of which group will be shown on each day will be determined by early February.
 
   
 
 
 
The Night Skies of Spring - Mondays

SHOWDATES: March 2, 9, 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.
  
 
 
 
Bad Astronomy: Myths and Misconceptions - Sunday at 2 p.m.
 
SHOWDATES: April 12, 19, 26         There will be no show April 5
 
 
Were 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 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 us as we take a critical look at popular myths and misconceptions to see how science can be used to evaluate questionable claims.
 
 
 
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 teh original Star Trek television series.  We see how astronomers learn about the stars themselves by studying the light from those stars.  Discover the secrets of the universe by allowing the sheer power of the night sky to arouse your curiosity, and by becoming the stargazer that is within you.