Allen F. Blocher Planetarium

Public Programs


The Allen F. Blocher Planetarium will host a
 series of public shows in the
interval June 1 - July 22, 2017.
SUMMER shows are on Mondays and Wednesdays at 7:30 pm
Please see the
specific days, times and titles below:
BAD ASTRONOMY - June 5, 7, and 12

Bad Astronomy: Myths and Misconceptions - This program challenges the audience to think critically about science. Were the Apollo visits to the moon a hoax? Have aliens landed on Earth? Can you tell your future from the stars? Prepare to debunk and tackle pseudoscience head-on in "Bad Astronomy", 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 the "Bad Astronomer" Phil Plait as he takes a critical look at popular myths and misconceptions to show visitors how science can be used to evaluate questionable claims.

DAWN OF ASTRONOMY - June 19 and 21

Dawn of Astronomy - Journey back in time to catch a glimpse of the dawn of astronomy. By looking at the prehistoric megaliths of Stonehenge, the mighty pyramids of Egypt, and the towering ziggurats of Babylonia we unearth our ancestor's fascination and understanding of the heavens and their shrines which are linked to celestial events. Learn how the ancients, through their astronomical observations, measured time and determined direction, as well as how they were able to build such structures as the pyramids and Stonehenge.


MARS QUEST - June 26 and 28

Mars Quest - Patrick Stewart narrates this program that takes a look at how our understanding of 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.

ENDLESS HORIZON - July 3 and 5

Endless Horizon - Patrick Stewart is guiding us through a long journey of human exploartion, 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. Finally by using modern advances in telescopes, we habe been able to look out to the furthest expanses of the universe. Stand upon the shoulders of giants and see that our horizon is indeed endless.

GALAXIES - July 10 and 12

Galaxies - On a clear dark night the stars that we see appear to be uncountable.  These thousands of stars are only a small part of a grouping known as the Milky Way galaxy.  Stars, be they young or old, are not the only objects that can be found in our galaxy.  Many stars are part of star clusters, they along with gas and dust can all be found within the Milky Way galaxy.  Our galaxy the Milky Way is just one of more than one hundred billion galaxies in the universe.  In Galaxies, we journey through the Milky Way and the galaxies beyond to explore the universe of galaxies in which we live.

THE STARGAZER - July 17 and 19

The Stargazer - Narrated by Nichelle Nichols (Lt. Uhura from Star Trek) and Dr. James Kaler (noted stellar astronomer) we take a more personal look at astronomy. Using principles of gravity, the properties of light, and the spectrum; this program explores the very nature of the stars and stellar life cycles.