Find the answers to questions about the stars and solar system at a free show in the Allen F. Blocher Planetarium at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point.
"Journey to the Stars" will be offered at 2 p.m. on the Sunday afternoons of Oct. 8, 15, 22 and 29. Presented free of charge and open to the public, the show looks at how astronomers study the heavens using telescopes, the many objects in the solar system, what stars look like and the locations of other galaxies.
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.
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.
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.