“Cosmic Colors” are blooming this spring at the Allen F. Blocher Planetarium at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point.
A show about the electromagnetic spectrum, “Cosmic Colors” will be offered at no charge at 2 p.m. Sunday afternoons April 7, 14, 21 and 28, and May 5, 12 and 19. Open to the public, the show explores the many reasons for color, from why the sky is blue to why Mars is red. Take a tour within a plant leaf and inside the human eye, then investigate X-rays and the colors of dinosaurs.
The planetarium doors open 30 minutes before the scheduled program. Designed for a general audience, planetarium programs appeal to all ages. Seating is first-come, first-served for up to 60 people.
Groups of 15 or more may schedule a special showing of any planetarium program by calling 715-346-2208. These presentations cost $15 per group. On Monday evenings, the “Night Sky” program is offered at 8 p.m. in the planetarium to look in detail at objects in the current night sky. An optional visit to the Arthur J. Pejsa Observatory for sky viewing through the telescope may follow if skies are clear.
The planetarium is located on the second floor of the Science Building at the corner of Reserve Street and Fourth Avenue. Metered parking is available in Lot X near the building entrance, and is free in all university lots on weekends and after 7 p.m. weekdays. More information may be found at www.uwsp.edu/physastr.