Take a journey along the electromagnetic spectrum at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point's Allen F. Blocher Planetarium this winter.
"Cosmic Colors" will be offered free of charge at 2 p.m. Sunday afternoons Jan. 22 and 29, Feb. 5, 12, 19 and 26 and March 5. 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.
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. The upgraded Arthur J. Pejsa Observatory telescope is open for free viewings from 8:30-10 p.m. Monday through Wednesday evenings if the skies are clear and the temperature is above 10 degrees Fahrenheit.
Planetarium seating is first come, first served for up to 55 people. Groups of 15 or more may schedule a special showing of any planetarium program by calling 715-346-2208 or completing an online request form at www.uwsp.edu/physastr/plan_obs. There is a cost of $25 per group for these presentations.
The planetarium and observatory are located on the second and fourth floor of the UW-Stevens Point Science Building at the corner of Reserve Street and Fourth Avenue. Parking is available in Lot D behind the building and is free in all university lots after 7 p.m. and on weekends.