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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:
A total lunar eclipse takes place on Sunday, September 27th and the United States is well positioned for viewing. We will give a sneak preview of this lunar eclipse, the last one visible until 2018.
Kearney is fortunate to have a wonderful observatory located on the outskirts of town and equally fortunate to have a longtime amateur astronomer Mark Urwiller as its builder, owner and operator! Mark will give a virtual tour of Seven Hills and a sampling of the views through the observatory's 17- inch telescope.
The nearest large galaxy to our own Milky Way, the Andromeda galaxy is often considered the most distant sight visible to the unaided eye. It's well positioned in the late fall sky; we will show you how to find it and share some interesting facts about this famous object.
Usually the best meteor display of the year, the Geminids are underobserved due to cold temperatures. Yet, it's a better shower than the better known Perseids in August. This is a favorable Geminid year, and we will give you some good reasons to brave the cold and treat yourself to a grand show of "shooting stars".
All shows start at 7:00 PM. 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.