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 Times

Star Show Times through March 31

Star Show Times beginning April 1

Admission Prices

Barlow members: Free
Adults: $8
Students (age 13-18): $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 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

Through March 31 - Buy Tickets Now!

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.
 

Bad Astronomy

Beginning April 1 - Buy Tickets Now!

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.

Family 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.

Bear Tales

Through April 29 - Buy Tickets Now!

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

Beginning May 4 - Buy Tickets Now!

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.

Astronomy Day 2017 Shows

Our Place in Space

12:15 p.m. on April 29 Tickets Available 4/15!

SPECIAL ASTRONOMY DAY SHOWING!  Science is all about asking questions and investigating answers. Our Place is Space handles the earliest science questions that students about their world: What causes day and night?  How does the Moon change shape?  What causes the seasons to change? Each program ends with a tour of the constellations, stars and planets that are in the current nighttime sky.

Bear Tales

1:30 & 7:00 pm on April 29 - Tickets Available 4/15!

SPECIAL ASTRONOMY DAY SHOWING!  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.

Orbit Science Demonstration

1:30  & 2:45 p.m. on April 29 - Tickets Available 4/15!

SPECIAL ASTRONOMY DAY SHOWING!  Experience the science behind spaceflight in this brand presentation featuring interactive science demonstrations. Discover what is necessary to safely launch to and return from space, what changes when you live in space, how you go to the bathroom and how everyday objects behave when in space.

Solar System Exploration

2:45 p.m. on April 29 - Tickets Available 4/15!

SPECIAL ASTRONOMY DAY SHOWING!  The solar system is a truly amazing place filled with fascinating worlds just waiting to be discovered. Students will see some of the latest images of the Sun, planets, moons and dwarf planets. Each program ends with a tour of the constellations, stars and planets that are in the current nighttime sky.

Bad Astronomy

4:00  & 7:15 p.m. on April 29 - Tickets Available 4/15!

SPECIAL ASTRONOMY DAY SHOWING!  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.

Wisconsin Skies:  2017 Solar Eclipse

9:30 p.m. on April 29 - Tickets Available 4/15!

SPECIAL ASTRONOMY DAY SHOWING!  Learn about the latest developments in astronomy and space.  Special attention for the 2017 Solar Eclipse,  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.

Family Laser Shows Ended January 28, 2017 and will return on Thursday, October 5, 2017!