Get up close and personal with the night sky this spring at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point Allen F. Blocher Planetarium.
The show "More Than Meets the Eye" will be presented Sundays at 2 p.m. March 11 and 18, April 8, 15, 22 and 29 and May 6 (no shows during spring break, March 25-April 1). Free and open the public, the show takes a deeper look at objects of the night sky as seen through a telescope or binoculars during a night of observing, compared to observatory photos and spacecraft views.
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. There is a cost of $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, respectively, 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.