Allen F. Blocher Planetarium

The Allen F. Blocher Planetarium will host a series of Sunday public programs in the interval September 10 - December 17, 2017 (during the Fall 2017 UWSP semester).


All public programs are designed for a general audience, and should appeal to all age groups from elementary grades to adults.

All Sunday programs begin promptly at 2 p.m. (unless noted) and last approximately one hour. Planetarium doors open about half an hour prior to each scheduled performance. Please plan arrivals during this time interval.

As a public service to the community, there is no admission charge for the regularly scheduled Sunday programs. Seats are first come, first served for up to about 60 people.  

Because of the limited seating, we request that groups of 15 or more please schedule a special showing. Special showings of all Sunday programs, as well as many other programs on several different topics, may be arranged by appointment at 715-346-2139 or by submitting an completed request form available on our website: There is a cost of $25 per group (not per person) for these presentations.

NOTICE: The Allen F. Blocher Planetarium and the Arthur J. Pejsa Observatory present other public programs during the regular academic year.

Our Night Sky program, presented every Monday night at 8 p.m., looks in detail at the objects in the current night sky. If the skies are clear there is an optional observatory visit for sky viewing through the telescope.

For further information, call 715-346-2208, or visit our site at

Location and Parking

The planetarium is located on the second floor of the Science Building, by the Foucault pendulum. As the construction of the new Bio-Chem building is in progress, parking spots for visitors attending our Sunday programs are available in Lots D or E or along the adjacent Stanley Street. For more information please visit


Dates: September 10, 17, 24; October 1

Since its launch in 1990, the Hubble Space Telescope has provided incredible images in unprecedented detail to astronomers, and made an astonishing array of discoveries – from nearby objects in the solar system to the most distant galaxies at the limits of the observable universe.  In this production, major themes in current astronomy and cosmology are presented.  The program looks at views of the planets, peeks into stellar nurseries, and shows visions of stellar death in its many forms. Join us in viewing the universe through the unblinking eye of one of the world's premier telescopes. 

Dates: October 8, 15, 22, 29

Did you ever wonder what types of objects make up our vastly large universe?  Or how some things you see in the night sky could be explained?  If so, this show is for you.  During the program, we will take a look at how astronomers study the heavens, mainly with the use of different kinds of telescopes.  Using these huge light collectors, they have been able to see heavenly objects that inspire wonder and delight.  Throughout the show, we will be taking a survey of the known universe.  We answer several important questions such as, "How big is our solar system?  How big is the universe?  What are stars like? Where are the other galaxies located?"  Naturally we see things like shooting stars and the northern lights, we also see our satellites going around.  This leads to the show's conclusion, a look at humankind's future in space.

Dates: November 5 (included in the Wisconsin Science Festival; ), 12, 19; No show on November 26 (student vacation)

Patrick Stewart is guiding us through a long history of human exploration, innovation, and discovery; from the early expeditions of Columbus 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.

Dates: December 3, 10, 17 – Shows start at 2:00 pm

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 star.

Dates: December 3, 10, 17  - Shows start at 3:15 pm

This delightful 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 star was.



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In Stevens Point, WI, people will witness a partial solar eclipse. It will begin at 11:50 a.m. and will end at 2:35 p.m. Maximum obscuration of 80.58% (lunar disk will block 80.58% of the solar disk's surface) will occur at 1:13 p.m.



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