The Allen F. Blocher Planetarium



ALL PUBLIC PLANETARIUM AND OBSERVATORTY PROGRAMS 
(INCLUDING SCHOOL GROUPS AND OTHER PRIVATE
PARTIES) 
ARE CANCELLED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.

We are very excited to announce a whole new list of fulldome shows available for the general public. 

SHOW

DESCRIPTION

The Hot and Energetic Universe 

(30 min.)

Produced by the Integrated Activities in the High-Energy Astrophysics Domain (AHEAD)

AHEAD is a project funded by the European Commission in the framework of Horizon2020.

It involves most universities and research institutes which are involved in High Energy Astrophysics in Europe.

Released: 2016

 

The Hot and Energetic Universe uses immersive visualizations and real images to present the achievements of the modern astronomy, the most advanced terrestrial and orbital observatories, the basic principles electromagnetic radiation and the natural phenomena related to the High Energy Astrophysics (HEA).

HEA reveals processes in a hot and violent universe as it probes the hot gas in clusters of galaxies (the most massive objects in the universe) or the overheated gas accreting onto supermassive black holes in the centers of galaxies. The high energy radiation provides important information about our own Galaxy, neutron stars and supernova remnants, and stars like our Sun.

 



Back to the Moon for Good 

(25 min.)

Produced by NSC Creative

Released: 2013




 

The show starts by presenting the history of lunar exploration over more than half a century.

The landers and orbiters taught us about the Moon's composition, geology, and formation.

The Google Lunar XPRIZE is designed to democratize space and create new opportunities for human and robotic presence on the Moon. We see the engineering and innovation steps taken by the international teams competing to land a spacecraft on the Moon. The program highlights the human spirit of competition and collaboration as teams take on this audacious challenge. The audience is taken through a successful launch, landing and lunar surface travel. The show ends with a stunning glimpse of a plausible scenario for our future on the Moon.


               

DARK

-Understanding Dark Matter-

(21 min.)

Produced by iVEC @ University of Western Australia

Released: 2012

 

DARK explores the nature of dark matter, the exotic, missing 80% of the mass of the universe.

The search for dark matter is one of the most pressing astrophysical problem of our time. The show is presented by Dr. Alan Duffy, a brilliant young astronomer from the International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research (ICRAR) at the University of Western Australia – who creates simulations of dark matter using supercomputers. He introduces the concept of dark matter, why astronomers think it exists, and explains why radio astronomy is so well-suited to unveiling its nature.

Cosmic Castaways 

(20 min.)

Produced by the Ward Beecher Planetarium  

Released: 2013

 

Most stars lie within the crowded boundaries of galaxies, travelling with their brothers and sisters in a vast galactic family. But some find themselves on their own, deep within voids between the galaxies. These are the Cosmic Castaways.

The Dark Matter Mystery 

-Exploring a Cosmic Secret- 

(38 min.)

Produced by Planetarium Laupheim (Germany)

Released: 2015

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What holds galaxies together? What are the building blocks of the universe? What makes the universe look the way it looks today? Researchers worldwide try to answer these questions. We know today there is within the universe is a mysterious glue: Dark Matter. We know that it is out there. But we have no idea what it is made of.

The show takes you on the biggest quest in modern astrophysics. You will see why scientists acknowledge the existence of dark matter. Join them on their hunt for Dark Matter with experiments in space and deep underground. Will they be able to solve the Dark Matter Mystery?

IBEX: Search for the Edge of the Solar System 

(29 min.)

Produced by Adler Planetarium

Released: 2009  

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Designed for visitors with an appreciation for the challenges of space science and a desire to learn more about science research, the show follows the creation of NASA's Interstellar Boundary Explorer (IBEX). Audiences will get an in-depth look at the mission and how IBEX is collecting high-speed atoms to create a map of our Solar System's boundary.

Narrated by two inquisitive teenagers, audiences will hear from scientists and engineers that developed and created the IBEX mission and spacecraft. Get the latest updates on the mission's discoveries.

From Earth to the Universe

(32 min.)

Produced by European Southern Observatory

Released: 2015

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The night sky, both beautiful and mysterious, has been the subject of campfire stories, ancient myths, and awe for as long as there have been people. A desire to comprehend the universe may well be humanity's oldest shared intellectual experience. Yet only recently have we truly begun to grasp our place in the vast cosmos. To learn about this journey of celestial discovery, from the theories of the ancient Greek astronomers to today's grandest telescopes, we invite you to experience From Earth to the Universe.

This stunning, 30-minute voyage through space and time conveys, through sparkling sights and sounds, the Universe revealed to us by science. Viewers can revel in the splendor of the worlds in the Solar System and our scorching Sun. From Earth to the Universe takes the audience out to the colorful birthplaces and burial grounds of stars, and still further out beyond the Milky Way to the unimaginable immensity of a myriad galaxies. Along the way, the audience will learn about the history of astronomy, the invention of the telescope, and today's giant telescopes that allow us to probe ever deeper into the Universe.

Out There 

-The Quest for Extrasolar Worlds- 

(31 min.)

Produced by Verkehrshaus Planetarium (Switzerland)

Released: 2017

 

For thousands of years, mankind thought that the Earth was the center of the universe. Thanks to our curiosity, imagination and urge to explore, we now know that planets like our Earth are not special in the cosmos. The Sun is just one ordinary star among hundreds of billions in our galaxy, the Milky Way. With the world's most powerful telescopes, we explore more and more of the Universe. What we have found so far has surpassed even the wildest expectations of scientists as well as authors of science fiction. Most stars have planets — it turns out they are more common than we thought.

A huge diversity of worlds is Out There, just waiting to be discovered.

Phantom of the Universe 

-The Hunt for Dark Matter- 

(29 min.)

Produced by the collaboration of the following: Berkeley Lab, University of Texas in Arlington, and Michigan State University, with assistance from the Instituto de Física Corpuscular (IFIC), a joint center of the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC), and València University in Spain.

Released: 2017

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Phantom of the Universe is a new planetarium show that showcases an exciting exploration of dark matter, from the Big Bang to its anticipated discovery at the Large Hadron Collider.

The show reveals the first hints of its existence through the eyes of Fritz Zwicky, the scientist who coined the term "dark matter." It describes the astral choreography witnessed by Vera Rubin in the Andromeda galaxy and then plummets deep underground to see the most sensitive dark matter detector on Earth, housed in a former gold mine.

From there, it journeys across space and time to the Large Hadron Collider at CERN, speeding alongside particles before they collide in visually stunning explosions of light and sound, while learning how scientists around the world are collaborating to track down the constituents of dark matter.

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Two Small Pieces of Glass

-The Amazing Telescope-

(23 min.)

Produced by European Southern Observatory

Released: 2016

 

Two Small Pieces of Glass – The Amazing Telescope show follows two students as they interact with a female astronomer at a local star party.

Along the way, the students learn the history of the telescope from Galileo's modifications to a child's spyglass — using two small pieces of glass — to the launch of the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope and the future of astronomy.

Aiming to engage and appeal to audiences of all ages, the show explores the wonder and discovery made by astronomers throughout the last 400+ years.

 

All regular public planetarium 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 2:00 p.m. and last approximately one hour.  Please plan arrivals during this time interval. All Monday night planetarium night sky progarms begin promptly at 8:00 p.m. and last approx. 30 min. Planetarium doors open about half an hour prior to each scheduled performance.

As a public service to the community, there is no admission charge for the regularly scheduled programs. Seats are first come, first served for up to about 55 people.  

Because of the limited seating, we request that groups of 15 or more please schedule a special showing. Special showings may be arranged by appointment at 715-346-2139 or by submitting a completed request form available on our website: http://www.uwsp.edu/physastr/plan_obs/Pages/Reservation-Information.aspx. There is a cost of $25 per group (not per person) for these presentations.

For further information, call 715-346-2208, or visit our site at www.uwsp.edu/physastr/plan_obs.


Location and Parking

 The Allen F. Blocher planetarium is located on the second floor of the Science Building, by the Foucault pendulum. Direct access is obtained through the east side entrance. The Arthur J. Pejsa Observatory houses a 0.4-m (16-inch) Meade, computer controlled telescope and is located on the roof of the Science Building, on its west wing. Access to the observatory is obtained by using the southwest stairwell in the Science Building and going to the fourth floor, room D402. Visitors are best advised to go to the third floor and follow the signs to the observatory by accessing the southwest stairwell. 

Parking spots for visitors attending our programs are available in Lots D or E or along the adjacent Stanley Street. For more information please visit www.uwsp.edu/campusMap