Each spring, with the assistance of the Northeast Wisconsin Stargazers (NEWSTAR), the Barlow Planetarium celebrates all things astronomy and space on Astronomy Day. In addition to having the Barlow’s standard Astronomy Day offerings – specially priced shows, NEWSTAR (Northeast Wisconsin Stargazers) telescope and astronomical displays in the lobby and a full-size replica of a Mercury capsule – the Barlow is taking this opportunity to prepare everyone for the Partial Solar Eclipse on Monday, August 21, 2017!
There will be (weather permitting) special and safe viewing of the Sun from 11:30 am to 2:45 pm (weather permitting) – the EXACT same times the Sun will be partially eclipsed in Menasha on August 21! On August 21 the Sun will begin to get eclipsed at 11:52 am. At 1:16 pm the Sun will be at its maximum eclipse: 83% of the diameter and 80% of its disk will be covered by the Moon. By 2:38 pm the Moon will end as the Moon completely uncovers the Sun! The Barlow will have special solar eclipse viewing glasses for sale that allow direct viewing of the Sun for just $4.00!
The Barlow is proud to be one of the busiest planetariums of its type in the nation – serving nearly 25,000 students and 10,000 members of the general public each year. Astronomy Day allows us - in addition to our regular programing – to share our school programming with the general public including Our Place in Space, Orbit and Solar System Exploration – 3 of our most popular programs.
The Barlow will also have its regular programs: Bear Tales and Other Grizzly Stories - a fun spring constellation show; and Bad Astronomy – a program that looks at common astronomical myths and misconceptions.
Admission for the afternoon programs will be reduced to match Barlow’s field trip fees: all seats (child, student or adult) will be just $4 for a single show. Additional shows will be just $3 extra. Tickets will be available online – however, discounts are only available at the Barlow Box Office!
In the evening the Barlow will offer and expanded version of our popular monthly Family Astronomy Night: Bear Tales and Bad Astronomy will be offered again; telescopes will be available to view the Moon and Jupiter. Similar pricing will be used for the evening program: $4 for a single program and $7 for the double feature. At 9:30 a special Wisconsin Skies: 2017 Solar Eclipse about the latest astronomy, space news and eclipse news. Tickets for Wisconsin Skies will be $8/person and will include a pair of solar eclipse viewing glasses.