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 - January 3-27

January Family Astronomy Night

Saturday, January 27, 2018, 6:00 to 8:30 p.m.

6:00 p.m. |  Orion
7:00 - 8:30 p.m. | Telescope Viewing (weather permitting)
7:15 p.m. |  More Than Meets the Eye

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

 CLICK HERE FOR FUTURE STAR SHOW TIMES

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.

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.

More Than Meets The Eye

January 5 - February 24  - Buy More Than Meets the Eye Tickets!

More Than Meets The Eye uses original and scientifically-accurate space artwork to depict the planets and deep-sky objects as people can actually expect to see them with and without various instruments. Throughout the program, audiences experience the joys of night-sky observing using the naked eye, binoculars and small telescopes. The show also compares the views from the backyard with observatory and spacecraft images. Each show concludes with a tour of the current nighttime sky – stars, constellations and planets – as seen from the Fox Valley and Northeast Wisconsin.

Two Small Pieces of Glass

March 2-31

While attending a local star party, two students learn how the telescope has helped us understand our place in space and how telescopes continue to expand our understanding of the Universe. Their conversation with a local astronomer enlightens them on the history of the telescope and the discoveries these wonderful tools have made. The students see how telescopes work and how the largest observatories in the world use these instruments to explore the mysteries of the universe.  Each show concludes with a tour of the current nighttime sky – stars, constellations and planets – as seen from the Fox Valley and Northeast Wisconsin.

Cosmic Colors

April 6-28

Cosmic Colors: An Adventure Along the Spectrum will take visitors on a wondrous journey through the world of color and beyond! Discover why the sky is blue, why Mars is red, and the reason why many things are the color that they are. Tour the interior of a plant leaf, voyage through a human eye, then step into the invisible universe as you investigate x-rays by taking on a monstrous black hole. Explore the world of infrared in a roaring fire, and even discover what may have been the actual color of a dinosaur. Explore the amazing rainbow of cosmic light through Cosmic Colors.  Each show concludes with a tour of the current nighttime sky – stars, constellations and planets – as seen from the Fox Valley and Northeast Wisconsin.

Bad Astronomy

May 4 - June 30

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 "Tis the Season 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.

Orion

January 3-27 - Buy Orion Tickets!

Orion takes a lighthearted and imaginative look at the myths and stories associated with the constellation Orion, the great hunter of the winter sky.  The show brings the mythological Orion to life in a fun-filled, animated adventure.  Accompanied by narrators Aesop the owl and Socrates the mouse, we follow Orion’s adventures as he grows to manhood, battles mythical beasts, foils the plot of an evil king and wins the heart of Artemis, the beautiful moon-goddess. By the end of the story, we learn how the constellation Orion was placed in the sky, forever turning overhead throughout the seasons.  Each show concludes with a tour of the current nighttime sky – stars, constellations and planets – as seen from the Fox Valley and Northeast Wisconsin.

Follow the Drinking Gourd

February 1-24

The Barlow Planetarium celebrates Black History Month! Discover how astronomy played a pivotal role in guiding escaped slaves to freedom in the North. Encoding escape instructions and a descriptive map into the lyrics of song, escaped slaves were able to find their way north from Mobile, Alabama to the Ohio River and to freedom. The drinking gourd,” the ladle made from a hollowed out gourd, represented the most famous and recognizable asterism in the sky: The Big Dipper. The Big Dipper points to the Polaris, also known as the North Star, which would guide the slaves to the North. Each show concludes with a tour of the current nighttime sky – stars, constellations and planets – as seen from the Fox Valley and Northeast Wisconsin.

Bear Tales and Other Grizzly Stories

March 1-31

Bear Tales features a variety of stories as told by Grandpa Ben and his family as they camp out under the stars of early-summer. While sitting around the campfire, learn the stories of several constellations, in particular the Big Bear and the Little Bear. Suitable for audiences of all ages, this program on the origins of the constellations includes stories from ancient Greece and Egypt as well as modern humorous tales. Bear Tales is a perfect program for children and includes the sing-along, Waltzing with Bears. Each show concludes with a tour of the current nighttime sky – stars, constellations and planets – as seen from the Fox Valley and Northeast Wisconsin.

Larry Cat in Space

April 5-28

Larry Cat In Space is a playful, imaginative cartoon presentation about an inquisitive cat who takes a trip to the Moon to be reunited with his astronaut owner.  This fun and educating program is a hit with both children, parents and anyone who wants to learn a more about the Moon.  Each show concludes with a tour of the current nighttime sky – stars, constellations and planets – as seen from the Fox Valley and Northeast Wisconsin.

Lifestyles of the Stars

May 3 - June 30

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

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.

 

FAMILY LASER SHOWS (All Ages)

Family friendly music laser shows. Each show begins with a tour to the current nighttime sky as seen from Northeast Wisconsin.

Laser Beatles

January 4-27 - Buy Laser Beatles Tickets!

The greatest Rock ‘n’ Roll band of all time! Laser Beatles will take you back to a different time in history to re-experience and remember the evolution of this musical phenomenon.  The “Fab Four’s” best spanning 6 years becomes the background for dazzling laser-art. All ages and backgrounds will appreciate this fantasy tribute of music and light to The Beatles and how they helped define a generation. 

FEATURING:  Magical Mystery Tour / I Wanna Hold Your Hand / Twist & Shout / A Hard Day’s Night / Nowhere Man / Help! / Yesterday / Octopus’ Garden / Revolution / Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band / A Day In The Life.

 

FUTURE SHOW TIMES

Family friendly music laser shows. Each show begins with a tour to the current nighttime sky as seen from Northeast Wisconsin.

Star Show Times - February 1-24

  • Sundays - Wednesdays | CLOSED
  • Thursdays at 3:45 p.m. | Follow the Drinking Gourd
  • Fridays at 3:45 p.m. | More Than Meets the Eye
  • Saturdays at 2:30 p.m. | Follow the Drinking Gourd
  • Saturdays at 3:45 p.m. | More Than Meets the Eye

February Family Astronomy Night

Saturday, February 24, 2017, 6:00 to 8:30 p.m.

6:00 p.m. | Follow the Drinking GourdFo
7:00 - 8:30 p.m. | Telescope Viewing (weather permitting)
7:15 p.m. |  More Than Meets the Eye

Star Show Times - March 1-31

NOTE:  THE BARLOW WILL NOT HAVE ANY SHOWINGS THE WEEK OF MARCH 20-23 IN PREPARATION FOR IT'S 20TH ANNIVERSARY!

  • Sundays - Wednesdays | CLOSED
  • Thursdays at 3:45 p.m. | Bear Tales and Other Grizzly Stories
  • Fridays at 3:45 p.m. | Two Small Pieces of Glass
  • Saturdays at 2:30 p.m. | Bear Tales and Other Grizzly Stories
  • Saturdays at 3:45 p.m. | Two Small Pieces of Glass

March Family Astronomy Night

Saturday, March 24, 2017, 6:00 to 8:30 p.m.

6:00 p.m. | To Be DeterminedFo
7:15 pm | To Be Determined
8:00 - 9:30 p.m. | Telescope Viewing (weather permitting)
8:30 p.m. |  To Be Determined