The Allen F. Blocher planetarium will host a series of
Sunday public planetarium programs in the interval
September 8 - December 15, 2019.
The public shows start at 2:00 p.m. and are free of charge. We can accomodate up to 55 people, on a first-come, first-served basis.
Here is the list of dates, titles, and short program descriptions:
September 8, 15, 22, 29
October 6, 13
This program looks at the discoveries of the Hubble Space Telescope during its almost three decades in orbit. Starting in our own solar system the program moves on to look at the stars and how they are born and die. Finally it looks at the wide variety of galaxies. The program finishes by looking at some of the most distant objects yet observed.
October 20, 27
November 3, 10, 17, 24
No show on December 1 (Student Vacation)
Gods of the Solar System
Each one of the significant planetary bodies has been named after a god or goddess from mythology. This program not only mentions the history of the name but looks at what we know about each of these bodies today. No longer do these objects hold mythical significance but today we understand them for what they are, planetary bodies in many ways like Earth. For all of the planets we have not only observed them through our telescopes but we have visited them with robotic spacecraft and have viewed these planets close up. This program is really an opportunity to see what we have learned about each of the planetary bodies in the solar system. We will also look at why some of these objects are now called dwarf planets and where these dwarf planets are located. This program gives you a unique tour of the solar system.
December 8, 15
Winter Wonders (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.
December 8, 15
Season of Light (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.
FALL 2019: The Allen F. Blocher planetarium will host 30-min long night sky presentations every Monday night (September 9 through December 9), starting at 8:00 p.m. These presentations will focus on describing the current night sky from Central Wisconsin. At 8:30 p.m., visitors are invited to go to the Arthur J. Pejsa observatory and enjoy real sky telescopic observations using our 16-inch computer-controlled telescope, weather permitting. Typical targets include: the Moon, planets, stars, stellar clusters, nebulae, galaxies.
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. (unless noted differently) 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.
NOTICE: The Arthur J. Pejsa Observatory will reopen for the general public in on September 9, 2019 for regular Monday-night public progarms (8:30 - 10:00 p.m.)
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