Learn more about the stars and planets that fill the clear, summer night skies through programs at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point's Allen F. Blocher Planetarium.
Hour-long programs will be offered at 7:30 p.m. in the Science Building on campus. The public may attend free of charge.
- Bad Astronomy – Monday, June 5, Wednesday, June 7 and Monday, June 12
Discover the myths and realities of astronomy in a show hosted by Phil Plait.
- Dawn of Astronomy – Monday, June 19 and Wednesday, June 21
Learn how ancient civilizations used the stars to measure time and direction and create Stonehenge and the pyramids.
- Mars Quest – Monday, June 26 and Wednesday, June 28
Star Trek's Patrick Stewart narrates the story of Mars seen through the eyes and minds of ancient and modern people.
- Endless Horizon – Monday, July 3 and Wednesday, July 5
Star Trek's Patrick Stewart narrates the history of human exploration, featuring early explorers, astronomers and inventors.
- Galaxies – Monday, July 10 and Wednesday, July 12
Journey through the Milky Way and the galaxies beyond.
- The Stargazer - Monday, July 17 and Wednesday, July 19
Narrated by Nichelle Nichols from Star Trek and noted astronomer James Kaler, the show looks at the nature of stars and stellar life cycles.
The planetarium, www.uwsp.edu/physastr/plan_obs, is located on the second floor of the UW-Stevens Point Science Building at the corner of Reserve Street and Fourth Avenue. Doors open 30 minutes before the scheduled program. Designed for a general audience, planetarium programs appeal to all age groups. Seating is first come, first served for up to 55 people. Parking is available in Lot D behind the Science Building and is free in all university lots after 7 p.m.
Groups of 10 or more may schedule a special showing of any planetarium program by calling 715-346-2139 between 8 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., Monday through Thursday. There is a cost of $25 per group for these special presentations. The Arthur J. Pejsa Observatory is closed during the summer.