Enjoy an entertaining, educational and free exploration of the night sky at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point Allen F. Blocher Planetarium on Sunday afternoons this spring.
"Sky Quest" will be shown at the planetarium at 2 p.m. on Sundays, March 12, April 2, 9, 23 and 30 and May 7. Shows will not be offered over spring break (March 19 and 26) or on Easter (April 16). The programs are open to the public free of charge.
Narrated by Roxann Dawson, who played B'Elanna Torres on "Star Trek: Voyager," "Sky Quest" is the journey of a girl who imagines trips to Mars as a child and eventually becomes an astronomer. She shares telescopic views of celestial objects and describes the night sky.
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 upgraded 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. There is a cost of $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.