Star Show Schedule

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PLEASE NOTE:  The Barlow will be closed Saturday afternoon, October 21 for a private event!  Programs will resume on Saturday evening at 7:00 pm.

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:  October 5-28

October Family Astronomy Night

Saturday, October 28, 2017, 6:00 to 8:30 p.m.

6:00 p.m. |  Moon Witch/Fright Light Hybrid
7:00 - 8:30 p.m. | Telescope Viewing (weather permitting)
7:15 p.m. |  Chasing the Ghost Particle

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.

Chasing the Ghost Particle

October 6 - November 18 - Buy Ghost Particle Tickets!

Deep in the ice at the heart of Antarctica, the biggest and strangest detector in the world waits for mysterious messengers from the cosmos. The detector is IceCube! The messengers are neutrinos–ghostly particles that give us tantalizing looks into world of exploding stars and black holes.  This show tells the incredible story of how an international team of scientists and engineers transformed one billion tons of Antarctic ice into a telescope. Building IceCube was a titanic endeavor driven by our human passion for discovery.  Your audiences will witness stunning views of the South Pole, captivating animations of the IceCube detectors capturing a neutrino collision–and eye-catching views of the cosmos.  Each show concludes with a tour of the current nighttime sky – stars, constellations and planets – as seen from the Fox Valley and Northeast Wisconsin.

'Tis the Season

November 24 - December 30 - Buy 'Tis the Season Tickets!

Discover the astronomical significance of this most joyous time of the year that concludes with possible explanation for the most famous star in Christianity - the Star of Bethlehem.  Each show concludes with a tour of the current nighttime sky – stars, constellations and planets – as seen from the Fox Valley and Northeast Wisconsin.

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.

Moon Witch/Fright Light Hybrid

October 5-28 - Buy Moon Witch Tickets!

A combination of planetarium show and family laser show all in one.  Part I:  On Halloween, while trick-or-treating with her little brother Billy, Diana notices that no matter where she goes the Moon seems to follow.  After returning home, her parents explain the appearance and motion the Moon discover how, in the past, the Moon has been seen as frightening and use their imaginations to find a man, a rabbit, a frog, and even a moon witch on the Moon.  After learning that the Moon is only a ball in space, Diana shares her knowledge with her teacher and classmates as they experiment on why the Moon has phases.  Part II:  A short a tour of the current nighttime sky – stars, constellations and planets – as seen from the Fox Valley and Northeast Wisconsin.  Finally, the show concludes with family friendly selections of the popular Halloween laser show Fright Light.

Daughter of the Stars

November 1-22 - Buy Daughter of the Stars Tickets!

The earliest inhabitants of North America had legends about the sky quite different from their Mediterranean and Asian counterparts. This program showcases a number of these legends from tribes across the entire continent. Each show concludes with a tour of the current nighttime sky – stars, constellations and planets – as seen from the Fox Valley and Northeast Wisconsin.

Perseus & Andromeda

November 24 - December 30 - Buy Perseus Tickets!

Although this epic tale, which has been handed down for generations by talented storytellers, has been popularized in film numerous times - "Clash of the Titans" (twice) and "Percy Jackson" - the Barlow adds a new twist by telling the story under a perfect starry sky using lasers. Watch as laser light brings each of the characters of the mythological story to 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.

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 Spirit

November 2-18 - Buy Laser Spirit Tickets!

A laser program that celebrates the accomplishments and dreams of humanity. Utilizing a wonderful mix of pop, classic rock, oldies, adult contemporary and patriotic music, Laser Spirit is a motivating laser show that will make you proud to be a visionary, idealist, achiever, and American.

FEATURING:  Summon the Heroes by John Williams / Beautiful Day by U2 / Music by Madonna / Beatles Medley by The Beatles / Reach by Gloria Estefan / Santorini by Yanni / Birds Fly by Icicle Works / Carry On Wayward Son by Kansas / Fanfare for the Common Man by Aaron Copland / America the Beautiful & God Bless the USA by Lee Greenwood.

Laser Holidays

November 24 - December 30 - Buy Laser Holidays Tickets!

An exciting and different way to be festive during the Holiday season!  Laser Holidays is a fun experience for everyone and gives new meaning to the term “holiday lights” – holiday LASER lights! 

FEATURING:  Sleigh Ride by Leroy Anderson / Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy by Tchaikovsky / Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer by Burl Ives / Winter Wonderland by the Eurythmics / Deck the Halls by the Philharmonic Orchestra / Jingle Bell Rock by Randy Travis / White Christmas by Bing Crosby / Christmastime by the Smashing Pumpkins / Oiche Chiun/Silent Night by Enya / Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree by Ronnie Spector/Darlene Love / Frosty the Snowman by the Cocteau Twins / Carol of the Bells by David Foster / The Christmas Song by Nat King Cole / All I Want For Christmas Is You by Mariah Carey / We Wish You A Merry Christmas by James Galway.

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 - November 1-22

Star Show Times - Friday, November 24

November Family Astronomy Night

Saturday, October 28, 2017, 6:00 to 8:30 p.m.

6:00 p.m. |  Perseus & Andromeda
7:00 - 8:30 p.m. | Telescope Viewing (weather permitting)
7:15 p.m. |  'Tis the Season

Star Show Times - November 25 - December 23

Star Show Times - December 26-30

December Family Astronomy Night

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

6:00 p.m. |   Perseus & Andromeda
7:00 - 8:30 p.m. | Telescope Viewing (weather permitting)
7:15 p.m. |   'Tis the Season

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