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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 fall 2016 planetarium shows are as follows:
Kepler's mission is to find planets around other stars, particularly planets the size of Earth in "habitable zones" around their parent stars. We'll take a look at the spacecraft, where it is searching and how successful the search has been to date.
Jupiter and Saturn - by far the two best planets to view through a small telescope - have both departed the evening sky. Meanwhile, the other two outer planets, Uranus and Neptune, are both rising in the east. While much fainter and far less detailed compared to their closer cousins, both Uranus and Neptune are worth searching for, and both have interesting histories behind their discoveries.
With the holiday season approaching, some science-minded kids may include a telescope on their wish lists. Is a telescope a good Christmas gift? Some telescopes are naughty while others are nice. Learn which is which in this segment.
Often called "The Seven Sisters," this beautiful and distinctive star cluster catches the attention of novice stargazers. The cluster is also surrounded by a rich mythology. We'll take a closer look at the Pleiades during this show.
*Please not these topics comprise about 10-15 minutes of the total show length of approximately 30-45 minutes; the bulk of the show continues to consist of the current evening sky tour. Visitors are welcome and encouraged to ask questions at the end of the presentation.
All shows start at 7:00 PM. Tickets are free and will be handed out at the door at 6:00 pm 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.