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SHOW TIMES through August 31, 2014

PLEASE NOTE: The Barlow will be closed September 1-12 for maintenance!

SHOW TIMES beginning September 13, 2014

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ADMISSION

- FREE FOR BARLOW MEMBERS!
- $7 for Adults
- $6 for Students (age 13-18)
- $6 for College Students (with ID)
- $5 for Children (age 3-12)
- $5 for Seniors (age 60+)
- MULTIPLE SHOW DISCOUNTS ARE AVAILABLE
- GROUP DISCOUNTS ARE AVAILABLE
- FREE FOR ELIGIBLE ASTC PASSPORT MEMBERS!

BOX OFFICE HOURS
   TUE-FRI: 2-4 pm
   SAT & SUN:  1-4 pm
   EVENINGS:  1/2 hour prior to first show
   PHONE & RECORDED INFO:  920-832-2848

 

ASTC PASS 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.

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 (Check IDs).

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SPECIAL PRESENTATION: "Will There Ever Be Another Earth" by Dr. Maggie TurnbullDr Maggie Turnbull

Friday, September 5, 2014 at 7:00
The Barlow Planetarium

Internationally known for her expertise in identifying star and planetary systems that are capable of supporting life, Dr Maggie Turnbull will discuss what it means to think about habitable planets orbiting other stars, the latest results in the search for those planets and her work with NASA in designing a new kind of observatory to detect Earth-like worlds. Dr Turnbull was named in Wired magazine's "Smart List 2012: 50 people who will change the world," and runs the Global Science Institute from her home in Antigo.

Sponsored by the University of Wisconsin-Fox Valley's Barlow Planetarium, Wisconsin Alumni Association: Fox Valley Chapter, UWFox Student Activities Office, UW-Fox Valley Foundation, Donna and Perry Kidder, Jim and Joy Perry, and Alan and Sharon Blake.

This event is free and open to the public, but reservations are necessary due to limited seating and can be made by contacting Alan Peche at alan.peche@uwc.edu.

Following the presentation, If the weather is favorable, telescopes will be available for viewing the Moon (and other celestial objects).

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MONTHLY SPECIAL EVENT: Barlow Family Astronomy Night - OctoberFamily Astronomy Night

Saturday, October 4, 2014, 6:00 to 9:00 pm (Sunset at 6:29 pm)

Get the full Barlow astronomy experience: planetarium shows and telescopes all on one astronomy-packed evening.

  • 6:00 pm | MoonWitch/Fright Light Hybrid
  • 7:00 pm | Two Small Pieces of Glass
  • 7:00 - 9:00 pm | Telescope Viewing featuring Moon, Mars, Saturn. . .

PLEASE NOTE REGARDING BARLOW FAMILY ASTRONOMY NIGHT

  • SINCE ALL SHOWS ARE NOT AGE APPROPRIATE FOR ALL VISITORS, EACH OF THE SHOWS IS PRICED INDIVIDUALLY.
  • FOR VISITORS WHO ARE INTERESTED IN SEEING ALL THE SHOWS THERE ARE MULTIPLE SHOW DISCOUNTS AVAILABLE AT THE BOX OFFICE.

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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.

Bad AstronomyBad Astronomy Title

July 2 - August 31, 2014

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.

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Two Small Pieces of GlassBad Astronomy Title

September 13 - November 21, 2014

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.

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COMING SOON - FEATURE SHOWS

MoonWitch-FrightLight Hybrid Daughter of the Stars Title Image

Begins

November 22, 2014

Begins

January 7, 2014

 

 

Family Shows
(grade 4 & below)

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

 

Lifestyles of the StarsLifestyles Title Image

August 2 - October 2, 2014
PLEASE NOTE: The Barlow will be closed
September 1-12 for maintenance!

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.

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MoonWitch/Fright LightMoonWitch/Fright Light Title Image

October 4 - 30, 2014

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.

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COMING SOON - FAMILY SHOWS

Daughter of the Stars Title Image Perseus Title Image Orion Title Image

Begins

November 1, 2014

Begins

November 22, 2014

Begins

January 6, 2015

 

Family Laser Shows
(grade 4 & below)

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

 

Laser SpiritLaser Spirit Title Image

November 1-20, 2014
PLEASE NOTE: The Barlow will be closed
September 1-12 for maintenance!

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.

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COMING SOON - FAMILY SHOWS

MoonWitch-FrightLight Hybrid Daughter of the Stars Title Image

Begins

November 21, 2014

Begins

January 8, 2015

 

 

Barlow Planetarium Family Astronomy Night

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 the current family show at 6:00 pm and the current feature show at 7:00 pm. 

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.

Program time: 6:00 - 9:00 pm
Telescope Viewing: 7:00 - 9:00 pm (weather permitting)

PLEASE NOTE FOR BARLOW FAMILY ASTRONOMY NIGHT

  • SINCE ALL SHOWS ARE NOT AGE APPROPRIATE FOR ALL VISITORS, EACH OF THE SHOWS IS PRICED INDIVIDUALLY. 
  • FOR VISITORS WHO ARE INTERESTED IN SEEING ALL THE SHOWS THERE ARE MULTIPLE SHOW DISCOUNTS AVAILABLE AT THE BOX OFFICE.
  • October 4, 2014 (sunset 6:29 pm)
  • November 29, 2014 (sunset 4:17 pm)
  • December 27, 2013 (sunset 4:21 pm)