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Planetarium and Rock Laser

Star Show Times through March 31

Star Show Times beginning April 1

Monthly Special Event - Family Astronomy Night

Saturday, April 1, 2017, 7:00 to 9:30 p.m. (Sunset at 7:21 p.m.)

7:00 p.m. |  Bear Tales and Other Grizzly Stories
8 - 9:30 p.m. | Telescope Viewing featuring the Moon (weather permitting)
8:15 p.m. |  Bad Astronomy

Planetariums offered the very first form of virtual reality.  However, to get the full astronomy experience, everyone should spend time under and observing the real sky as well. Barlow Family Astronomy Night offers such an experience. Each month on the Saturday evening on or after the First Quarter Moon, the Barlow offers a full astronomy experience: planetarium shows and telescopes all in one astronomy-packed evening.

After each show, weather permitting, Barlow astronomers (laser pointers at the ready) and telescopes are available for showing you the real nighttime sky. Expect to see Moon, planets (when available), constellations, star clusters and nebulae. Telescope viewing is free with admission to any the Barlow shows.

Please note regarding Barlow Family Astronomy Night:

  • Since all shows are not age appropriate for all visitors, each show is priced individually

For visitors who are interested in seeing all the shows, there are multi-show discounts available at the box office

Star Show Admission

Barlow members: Free admission
Adults: $8 
Students (age 13-18): $7 
College students (with ID): $7
Children (age 3-12): $6
Seniors (age 60+): $6

Multi-show discounts are available
Group discounts are available
Free for eligible Association of Science-Technology Centers (ASTC) passport members!

ASTC Pass Program Restrictions

1) Based on your science center’s or museum’s location: Science centers/museums located within 90 miles of each other are excluded from the Travel Passport Program unless that exclusion is lifted by mutual agreement.

2) Based on residence: To receive Travel Passport Program benefits, you must live more than 90 miles away from the center/museum you wish to visit. Admissions staff reserve the right to request proof of residence for benefits to apply. Science centers and museums requesting proof of residence are marked by (Check IDs).

Annual Special Event on Saturday, April 29!
Astronomy Day 2017:  Preparing for the Solar Eclipse!

Each spring, with the assistance of the Northeast Wisconsin Stargazers (NEWSTAR), the Barlow Planetarium celebrates all things astronomy and space on Astronomy Day. In addition to having the Barlow’s standard Astronomy Day offerings – specially priced shows, NEWSTAR (Northeast Wisconsin Stargazers) telescope and astronomical displays in the lobby and a full-size replica of a Mercury capsule – the Barlow is taking this opportunity to prepare everyone for the Partial Solar Eclipse on Monday, August 21, 2017! 

There will be (weather permitting) special and safe viewing of the Sun from 11:30 am to 2:45 pm (weather permitting) – the EXACT same times the Sun will be partially eclipsed in Menasha on August 21!  On August 21 the Sun will begin to get eclipsed at 11:52 am.  At 1:16 pm the Sun will be at its maximum eclipse:  83% of the diameter and 80% of its disk will be covered by the Moon.  By 2:38 pm the Moon will end as the Moon completely uncovers the Sun!  The Barlow will have special solar eclipse viewing glasses for sale that allow direct viewing of the Sun for just $4.00!

In the afternoon in addition to our regular programs Bear Tales and Other Grizzly Stories and Bad Astronomy, Astronomy Day allows the Barlow to share three of our most popular field trip programs with the general public including Our Place in Space, Orbit and Solar System Exploration.

Admission for the afternoon programs will be reduced to match Barlow’s field trip fees:  all seats (child, student or adult) will be just $4 for a single show.  Additional shows will be just $3 extra.  Tickets will be available online – however, discounts are only available at the Barlow Box Office!

In the evening the Barlow will offer and expanded version of our popular monthly Family Astronomy Night:  Bear Tales and Bad Astronomy will be offered again; telescopes will be available to view the Moon and Jupiter.  Similar pricing will be used for the evening program:  $4 for a single program and $7 for the double feature.  A special 9:30 Wisconsin Skies:  2017 Solar Eclipse about the latest astronomy, space news and eclipse news.  Tickets for Wisconsin Skies will be $8/person - admission includes a pair of solar eclipse viewing glasses.  As with the afternoon admission, tickets will be available online – however, discounts are only available at the Barlow Box Office!

11:00 a.m.   |  Barlow Box Office Opens
11:30 a.m.   |  Solar Observing Begins (weather permitting) at Barlow Entrance
12:00 p.m.   |  NEWSTAR Astronomy/Telescope Displays Opens
12:15 p.m.   |  Our Place in Space in Barlow
1:30 p.m.     |  Bear Tales and Other Grizzly Stories in Barlow
1:30 p.m.     |  Orbit Science Demonstration in Room 1229
2:45 p.m.     |  Solar Viewing Ends
2:45 p.m.     |  Solar System Exploration in Room 1229
2:45 p.m.     |  Orbit Science Demonstration in Room 1229
4:00 p.m.     |  Bad Astronomy in Barlow
5:00 p.m.     |  NEWSTAR Astronomy/Telescope Displays Closes

7:00 p.m.     |  Bear Tales and Other Grizzly Stories in Barlow
8-9:30 p.m.  | Telescope Viewing featuring the Moon (weather permitting)
8:15 p.m.     |  Bad Astronomy in Barlow
9:30 p.m.     |  Wisconsin Skies:  2017 Solar Eclipse in Barlow

Astronomy Day Show Admission

AFTERNOON

1 SHOW:  $4
2 SHOWS:  $7
3 SHOWS:  $10
4 sHOWS:  $13
Barlow members: FREE
Eligible ASTC Passport Members:  FREE
 

EVENING

7 or 8:15 p.m. SHOW:  $4
7 & 8:15 p.m. SHOWS:  $7
Barlow members: FREE
Eligible ASTC Passport Members:  FREE

9:30 SHOW :  $8 (includes solar eclipse glasses)
Barlow members: $4
Eligible ASTC Passport Members:  $4

 

Rock Laser Shows

Rock Laser Shows Ended on January 28, 2017! 
Rock Laser Shows will return on Friday, October 6, 2017!

Admission

Barlow members: Free admission
Single feature:  $TBD  per person
Double feature:  $TBD per person (if purchased before the first show)
Triple feature: $TBD per person (if purchased before the first show)
Pink Floyd Double Feature: $TBD per person

Multi-show discounts are available
Group discounts are available
Discounts available for eligible ASTC passport members

Box office hours

Tuesday through Saturday: 2-4 p.m.
Evenings: 1/2 hour prior to first show
Phone and recorded information: 920-832-2848

NEWSTAR Astronomy Club

Date:  Wednesday, April 19
Time:  7 p.m.
Location: UW-Fox Valley

NEWSTAR is the Fox Cities local astronomy club. Our meetings are held on the third Wednesday of every month at UW-Fox Valley. Meetings are free and open to the public. Meetings usually include lectures, demonstrations, or discussions on all things astronomical. Additional information about NEWSTAR can be found on the NEWSTAR web page.