They light up the night, form familiar shapes like "The Big Dipper," and some believe they even grant wishes. What makes stars so special? What are they made of, how long do they live and how do they die?
Find the answers at "Clouds of Fire," a show at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point's Allen F. Blocher Planetarium at 2 p.m. the Sundays of Jan. 21 and 28, Feb. 4, 11, 18 and 25 and March 4. The shows are open to the public free of charge.
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. The cost is $25 per group for these presentations.
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 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.
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.