Physics

Public Planetarium Spring Schedule 2015

 

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:

January 23 - Orion the Mighty

The new year opens with the night sky's brightest constellation dominating the night sky. Orion the Hunter offers many wondrous sights regardless of whether you view it with a powerful telescope or simply the unaided eye.

February 13 - Jupiter: King of the Planets

A bright display of the “northern lights” is an awe-inspiring spectacle. And you don’t have to travel to Alaska or Canada to see them! We’ll describe the hows, wheres and whens of the aurora and show pictures and video of northern lights displays taken from Nebraska.

March 13 - The Roar of Leo

Amongst a group of mainly nondescript springtime constellations, Leo the Lion stands out. We'll show you where it is and how to find it, relate ancient stories about this pattern and view some deep-sky objects with its boundaries.

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
telescopes.

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. 

PLANETARIUM RULES 

  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.