Star Show Schedule

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The Barlow Planetarium offers public programming. Family shows are geared for the young and young-at-heart. Feature shows are geared for the older student or adult that already has an established interested in astronomy. Wisconsin Skies is for the visitor that wants to get the most current and in-depth astronomy information possible. Each show ends with a tour of the current nighttime sky – stars, constellations and planets – as seen from the Fox Valley and Northeast Wisconsin.

Star Show Schedule

 Star Show Times - May 29 through June 30

June Family Astronomy Night 2018

Saturday, June 23, 2018, 8:00 to 10:30 p.m.

8:00 p.m. | Lifestyles of the Stars
9:00 - 10:30 p.m. | Telescope Viewing (weather permitting)
9:15 pm | Bad Astronomy

Star Show Times - July 3 - September 1

July Family Astronomy Night 2018

Saturday, July 21, 2018, 8:00 to 10:30 p.m.

8:00 p.m. | The Secret of the Cardboard Rocket
9:00 - 10:30 p.m. | Telescope Viewing (weather permitting)
9:15 pm | The Planets

ADMISSION PRICES

  • Barlow members: Free
  • Adults: $8
  • Students (age 13-17): $7
  • College students (with ID): $7
  • Children (age 3-12): $6
  • Seniors (age 60+): $6

Eligible Association of Science-Technology Center (ASTC) Passport Members

ASTC Passport 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. Click for a list of eligible institutions.
  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 checking IDs.

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      FEATURE STAR SHOWS (Grade 5 & Above)

      For visitors who have an established interest in astronomy and space, the Barlow Planetarium presents feature shows on astronomy and space topics.

      Bad Astronomy

      May 4 - June 30 - Buy Bad Astronomy Tickets!

      Based on the popular book and website of the same name, Bad Astronomy offers a unique and fun approach to learning about the cosmos. Join the Bad Astronomer Phil Plait as he takes a critical look at popular myths and misconceptions to show audiences how science can be used to evaluate questionable claims.  Each show concludes with a tour of the current nighttime sky – stars, constellations and planets – as seen from the Fox Valley and Northeast Wisconsin.

      The Planets

      July 6 - September 1 - Buy The Planets Tickets!

      Take a tour of our own planetary neighborhood that includes the latest and most up-to-date information about the Solar System.  Narrated by Kate Mulgrew, Captain Janeway of Star Trek:  Voyager, The Planets explores the formation of the solar system, visits each of Earth’s sister planets to uncover the varied worlds that circle the Sun.  Each show concludes with a tour of the current nighttime sky – stars, constellations and planets – as seen from the Fox Valley and Northeast Wisconsin.

       

      FAMILY STAR SHOWS (Grade 4 & Below)

      For the visitors that are young and young-at-heart looking for a light, fun and educational astronomy experience, the Barlow Planetarium presents family shows on astronomy.

      Lifestyles of the Stars

      May 3 - June 30 - Buy Lifestyles of the Stars Tickets

      Grab your tour map and climb aboard our AstroTours bus driven by Tachyon - a slightly wacky tour guide - who really knows his stellar evolution! Visit nebulae to see star formation. See stars of all different colors - red dwarf, blue/white giant, red supergiant, yellow - and discover what the colors mean. End your tour with a visit to an average looking yellow star that had unnatural radio signals coming from its third planet - could it be intelligent life? Each show concludes with a tour of the current nighttime sky – stars, constellations and planets – as seen from the Fox Valley and Northeast Wisconsin.

      Secret of the Cardboard Rocket

      July 6 - September 1 - Buy Secret of the Cardboard Rocket Tickets

      Join two children on a magical journey through the Solar System, aided by a talking astronomy book, a cardboard rocket, and a vivid imagination. During this imaginative show, audiences will land on Venus, fly through the rings of Saturn, and discover the secrets of the Solar System.  Each show concludes with a tour of the current nighttime sky – stars, constellations and planets – as seen from the Fox Valley and Northeast Wisconsin.

      FUTURE SHOW TIMES

        August Family Astronomy Night 2018

        Saturday, July 18, 2018, 7:00 to 9:30 p.m.

        7:00 p.m. | The Secret of the Cardboard Rocket
        8:00 - 9:30 p.m. | Telescope Viewing (weather permitting)
        8:15 pm | The Planets