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 - April 5-20 & April 26-28

PLEASE NOTE:  THE BARLOW WILL HAVE SPECIAL ASTRONOMY DAY 2018 PROGRAMING ON SATURDAY, APRIL 21!

April Family Astronomy Night 2018

Saturday, April 21, 2018, 7:00 to 9:30 p.m.

7:00 p.m. | Astronomy Day 2018:  Larry Cat in Space
8:00 - 9:30 p.m. | Telescope Viewing (weather permitting)
8:15 pm | Astronomy Day 2018:  Cosmic Colors

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.

    Astronomy Day 2018 Star Show Times - APRIL 21, 2018

    11:30 a.m. |  Barlow Box Office Opens
    12:00 - 5:00 p.m. | Astronomy Exhibits in Barlow Lobby
    12:15 p.m. | Astronomy Day 2018 - Our Place in Space (Barlow Planetarium)
    1:30 p.m. | Astronomy Day 2018  - Solar System Exploration (Barlow Planetarium)
    2:45 p.m. | Astronomy Day 2018 - Orbit Space Science Demonstration (Room 1229)
    4:00 p.m. | Astronomy Day 2018 - Galactic Quest (Barlow Planetarium)
    4:15 p.m. | Barlow Box Office Closes

    6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. | Barlow Box Office Opens
    7:00 p.m. | Astronomy Day 2018 - Larry Cat in Space
    8:00 - 9:30 p.m. | Telescope Viewing (weather permitting)
    8:15 p.m. | Astronomy Day 2018 - Cosmic Colors
    4:15 p.m. | Barlow Box Office Closes

    April Family Astronomy Night

    Saturday, April 21, 2018, 7:00 to 9:30 p.m.

    7:00 p.m. | Astronomy Day - Larry Cat in Space
    8:00 - 9:30 p.m. | Telescope Viewing (weather permitting)
    8:15 p.m. |  Astronomy Day - Cosmic Colors

        Astronomy Day Star Show Admission

        • Barlow members: Free admission
        • First Show:  All Seats:  $4
        • Multiple Shows:  All Seats $3

        CLICK HERE FOR FUTURE STAR SHOW TIMES

          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.

          Cosmic Colors

          April 6-28 - Buy Cosmic Colors Tickets!

          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 - 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.

          Larry Cat in Space

          April 5-28 - Buy Larry Cat in Space Tickets

          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 - 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.

          ASTRONOMY DAY 2018 STAR SHOWS

          Astronomy Day 2018 - Our Place in Space

          Saturday, April 21 - Buy Astronomy Day 2018 - Our Place in Space Tickets

          Each year the Barlow Planetarium celebrates Astronomy Day by offering our field trip programs to the general public at the same field trip prices schools enjoy.  Approximately 25,000 school children visit the Barlow each school year.   Our Place in Space is designed for early elementary students and addresses 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.

          Astronomy Day 2018 - Solar System Exploration

          Saturday, April 21 - Buy Astronomy Day 2018 - Solar System Exploration Tickets

          Each year the Barlow Planetarium celebrates Astronomy Day by offering our field trip programs to the general public at the same field trip prices schools enjoy.  Approximately 25,000 school children visit the Barlow each school year - Solar System Exploration is one of the Barlow's most popular field trip programs.  Solar System Exploration is designed for upper elementary students 5 and visits each of the 8 planets in our solar system, many of the fascinating moons, the dwarf planets, and, of course, our 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.

          Astronomy Day 2018 - Orbit Space Science Demonstration

          Saturday, April 21 - Buy Astronomy Day 2018 - Orbit Space Science Demonstration Tickets

          Each year the Barlow Planetarium celebrates Astronomy Day by offering our field trip programs to the general public at the same field trip prices schools enjoy.  Approximately 25,000 school children visit the Barlow each school year.  Orbit is quickly becoming one of Barlow's most popular programs - literally every group that participates in Orbit returns for it again each and every year.  Orbit is designed for students in upper elementary through middle school students and explores the awesome science behind getting to orbit, living in orbit and returning from Orbit.

          Astronomy Day 2018 - Galactic Quest

          Saturday, April 21 - Buy Astronomy Day 2018 - Galactic Quest Tickets

          Each year the Barlow Planetarium celebrates Astronomy Day by offering our field trip programs to the general public at the same field trip prices schools enjoy.  Approximately 25,000 school children visit the Barlow each school year.  Galactic Quest  is designed for middle school students and explores the objects found in our Milky Way and beyond.   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 2018 - Larry Cat in Space

          Saturday, April 21 - Buy Astronomy Day 2018 - Larry Cat in Space Tickets

          SPECIAL ASTRONOMY DAY PRICING!  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 2018 - Cosmic Colors

          Saturday, April 21 - Buy Astronomy Day 2018 - Cosmic Colors Tickets

          SPECIAL ASTRONOMY PRICING!  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.

          FUTURE SHOW TIMES

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

          Astronomy Day 2018 Star Show Times - APRIL 21, 2018

          11:30 a.m. |  Barlow Box Office Opens
          12:00 - 5:00 p.m. | Astronomy Exhibits in Barlow Lobby
          12:15 p.m. | Astronomy Day 2018 - Our Place in Space (Barlow Planetarium)
          1:30 p.m. | Astronomy Day 2018  - Solar System Exploration (Barlow Planetarium)
          2:45 p.m. | Astronomy Day 2018 - Orbit Space Science Demonstration (Room 1229)
          4:00 p.m. | Astronomy Day 2018 - Galactic Quest (Barlow Planetarium)
          4:15 p.m. | Barlow Box Office Closes

          6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. | Barlow Box Office Opens
          7:00 p.m. | Astronomy Day 2018 - Larry Cat in Space
          8:00 - 9:30 p.m. | Telescope Viewing (weather permitting)
          8:15 p.m. | Astronomy Day 2018 - Cosmic Colors
          4:15 p.m. | Barlow Box Office Closes

          Star Show Times - May 3-26

            May Family Astronomy Night 2018

            Saturday, May 19, 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 - May 29 - 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

              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