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Barlow Planetarium Celebrates Seventh Anniversary

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It’s hard to believe, as it seems like only yesterday that the Barlow Planetarium opened its doors and began showing its spectacular shows and world-class presentations. March 2005 marks the fabulous facility’s seventh anniversary, having opened to the public as one of the finest planetariums in the nation on March 20, 1998. The planetarium is located on the campus of the University of Wisconsin-Fox Valley in Menasha.

Karen Klamczynski“To celebrate our seventh birthday, we’re going to feature seven different astronomy shows and seven different laser shows this month,” according to Karen Klamczynski, Director of the Barlow Planetarium. “Our astronomy offerings this month include a kids’ star show, an all-ages star show (‘Wisconsin Skies)’ a show about the Hubble Space Telescope (‘Through the Eyes of Hubble’), a stellar navigation show (‘The Explorers’), a Mars show (‘Return to the Red Planet’), and a show about the current exploration of the planet Saturn (‘Ringworld’),” she said.

“To date, the Barlow Planetarium has had over 250,000 visitors,” Klamczynski explained. She emphasized that the main mission of the planetarium is education. “Over 100,000 of those visitors have been school children through their school field trips to see special, live shows that have been customized for their specific grade level.

“We’ve had numerous community organizations, like the Cub Scouts, Brownies and church groups, as well as businesses and corporations, bring groups to see private shows or purchase tickets as a way to show appreciation for their employees or customers.”

Klamczynski and her staff have regularly scheduled three different astronomy shows during their weekly public offerings on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights, and Saturday and Sunday afternoons. “The Barlow Planetarium is an excellent destination for families,” she enthusiastically shared. “Kids, parents and grandparents can all enjoy our shows, whether they choose to see a show especially for the little ones or an all-ages cosmic adventure!”

“We’ve recently added rock laser shows, featuring the music of Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, The Beatles, Grateful Dead, and Metallica, for some of our evening programming. We also have matinee laser shows appropriate for families that include themes like, ‘Laser Wizard of Oz’ and ‘Symphony of the Stars.’ Future family laser shows will explore wonderful Jazz selections, the music of Motown, and more.”

The admission prices for the Barlow Planetarium astronomy and laser shows are $6 for adults, $5 for students and $4 for children and senior citizens. For the evening rock laser shows, admission is $7 for adults and $6 for children, students and senior citizens.

The planetarium also offers multiple-show, or same-day, discounts. Any student with valid school identification is eligible for a discount.

More information about the Barlow Planetarium’s seventh anniversary celebration and the rest of its programmed shows can be found by calling the planetarium’s information line, 920-832-2848, by visiting the website at www.uwfox.uwc.edu/barlow.

Posted 3/14/05