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January 11th - Understanding Other Worlds

By Dr. Adam Jensen (UNK - Astronomy)  The last three decades have seen an incredible increase in scientists' knowledge of planets around other stars, also known as exoplanets. Come learn about the thousands of exoplanets that have been detected in this time, the billions of exoplanets that are thought to exist in just our own Milky Way Galaxy, and how scientists can analyze their sizes, atmospheres, composition, and more even when they often cannot be directly seen.

February 1st –  What is Cosmology? 

By Dr. Joel Berrier (UNK – Astronomy) Modern Cosmology is the study of the origin and evolution of the universe, from the Big Bang to today and on into the future. We will look at how this understanding of the Universe has evolved from ancient civilizations to modern times. We will attempt to answer questions about the beginning of the Universe, what it is made of, and how it might end.

March 1st - The Moon Through History

By Dr. Ken Trantham (UNK - Physics)  Even before its formation, the Moon has had a great impact on the Earth and human civilization. We will discuss the formation and evolution of the Moon, and human perception of the Moon throughout history. The origin of Lunar phases, eclipses, and Lunatics will be discussed.

April 5th -  Constellations of the Southern Sky

By Dr. Joel Berrier (UNK – Astronomy) Modern astronomers use 88 constellations to systematically name stars and designate regions of the sky. These objects are formed by bright stars in our sky that appear to be close to each other. We will look at the constellations of the southern hemisphere, and discuss the histories these constellations, stories associated with these constellations, and some of the interesting objects in the southern sky.

The UNK planetarium shows are free and open to the public. Tickets are available through the link below.  The shows are approximately 30-45 minutes, and may feature a tour of the current evening sky and/or a segment highlighting a particular topic of interest. All shows start at 7:00 PM.  We 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 advance 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. If interested, Request a Planetarium Show.