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Public Planetarium Spring Schedule 2015

Screening of the HUBBLE Movie

Hubble Movie

4:00-5:00 PM Saturday April 18th, April 25th and May 2nd 
Free and open to the public

25th Anniversary of the Hubble Telescope


Friday April 24th, 7pm

Commemorating the 25th Anniversary of the Launch of the Hubble Space Telescope"

Presented by Dr. W. Lee Powell Jr., UNK Planetarium Director and Professional Astronomer

We will celebrate the 25th anniversary of the launch of the Hubble Space Telescope by exploring the history of the telescope, the remarkable discoveries it has led to, and particularly the wonderful images it has provided to excite and amaze the general public. A quick tour of the night sky using the planetarium projector will follow the presentation. The UNK community and the general public are welcome to attend this event! Tickets are free, and will be distributed at the door starting at 6:30pm. Seating is limited to 60 on a first come first served basis.

Relax to Music Under the Stars

Music Under the Stars

Bring your family and friends for a visit of the UNK Planetarium at noon
Enjoy relaxing music under the starry skies
Come for 5 minutes or the entire hour
Let the cosmos inspire you!
Dates: May 4 (Monday), May 5 (Tuesday), May 6 (Wednesday) Time: 12:00-1:00
Free and open to the public

Light Beyond the Bulb

Light Beyond the Bulb

In celebration of the International Year of Light 2015, the Department of Physics and Physical Sciences is sponsoring an exhibit of breathtaking astronomical images, entitled “LIGHT Beyond the Bulb."  This exhibit will take you on a visual journey beyond the limits of your eyes starting from our beautiful Earth at day and night, through an eclipsing Moon, ultraviolet Sun, colorful planetary nebulae, spectacular colliding galaxies, and supernovae, to the most energetic distance quasars in the universe.

Open for public viewing:  Monday through Friday  8:00-5:00 PM

Captions to the posters are in both English and Spanish.

The "LIGHT Beyond the Bulb" exhibit would be on display by the UNK Planetarium until May 30, 2015.

UNK is the only place in the central USA where you can view the exhibithttp://lightexhibit.org/iylexhibits.html

Monthly Planetarium Shows 

In addition to our tour of the current evening sky, each month’s public show features a 10 to 15-minute segment highlighting a particular topic of interest. The segments for fall 2015 planetarium shows are as follows:

April 10 - Let the Dipper Be Your Guide

Think you can find the Big Dipper but nothing else in the night sky? Not so! Here we'll point out the many other constellations, bright stars, etc. you can identify with this famous pattern. We'll also take a closer look at the dipper itself and view some sights visible in binoculars and

May 8 - Our Star the Sun

With warmer Spring weather and later sunsets, we get a better, more comfortable view of our own star. Starting at 6:00 PM, we'll set up solar-viewing telescopes outside of Bruner Hall. During the show, we'll discuss some Sun science and compare our star to other stars we see at night.


All shows start at 7:00 PM (Except May Show which will begin at 6:00)  Tickets are free and will be handed out at the door on a first come basis (one ticket per person). All shows are free-of-charge, however, we will graciously accept any donation of dry or canned goods for a local food pantry. 


  1.  Only children 5 years and older will be admitted to public shows.   
  2.  We do not accept reservations for public shows. 
  3.  No food or drinks are allowed inside the planetarium. 
  4.  Cell phones should be off during a show and not used in any way. 
  5.  You will not be admitted once a show has started. 
  6.  You will not be readmitted if you leave during the show. 

We provide free educational shows to school groups and private organizations (minimum of 20 guests) during the Fall and Spring semesters at University of Nebraska at Kearney. Please contact the department office to schedule a show.  The phone number is 308.865.8277.