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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 exhibit: http://lightexhibit.org/iylexhibits.html
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 summer 2015 planetarium shows are as follows:
Located west of Kearney near Cottonmill Lake, Seven Hills is a wonderful backyard observatory featuring a home-built 17" telescope. Kearney the story behind Seven Hills and find out what night sky wonders a telescope of this size will reveal.
On July 14, the New Horizons spacecraft reaches Pluto, giving us our first close-up look at the now dwarf planet. We will summarize the results of this historic mission.
Every year on august 12th and 13th, the Perseid meteor shower provides a splendid chance to see dozens of so-called "shooting stars". Get the skinny on how, when and where to view this wonderful meteor display.
All shows start at 8:00 PM. Viewing sessions at Seven Hills Observatory are offered following each presentation (when weather permits). 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.
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.