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August 24th - Star Stories: A Tour of the Night 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. Many of these constellations held specific cultural importance to different civilizations. We will look at several constellations and discuss the myths and legends they are  associated with.

September 7th - 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.

October 5th - 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.

November 2th - Element Factories in the Stars:  the Synthesis of the Chemical Elements

By Dr. Jeremy Armstrong (UNK - Physics)  On Earth, we can find about ninety different elements, but the process of the Big Bang created just three.  We will learn how, in the process of shining, the stars manufacture light elements up to iron.  We will also learn about the processes that synthesize the heavier elements which are believed to happen when stars explode in supernovas.

December 7th - A History of Galaxies

By Dr. Joel Berrier (UNK - Astronomy)  Our Milky Way is just one of over one-hundred billion galaxies in the Universe. We will discuss what galaxies are, how they form and grow, and what happens when galaxies collide.

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.