Barlow Public Schedule:  Planetarium and Rock Laser 

Planetarium Show Schedule

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Barlow InteriorThe Barlow Planetarium offers public programming everyday of the week except Mondays and Sundays.  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 TIMES through May 28

PLEASE NOTE THE FOLLOWING MAY SCHEDULE CHANGES:

  • Saturday, May 14 | Due to the expanded schedule for Astronomy Day, Larry Cat will be at 1:30 pm and Bad Astronomy will be at 4:00 pm.
  • Friday, May 27 | Due to a wedding, the 3:45 Bad Astronomy will not be shown.

PLEASE NOTE
THE BARLOW NO LONGER HAS SUNDAY PROGRAMMING.

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ADMISSION

- FREE FOR BARLOW MEMBERS!
- $8 for Adults
- $7 for Students (age 13-18)
- $7 for College Students (with ID)
- $6 for Children (age 3-12)
- $6 for Seniors (age 60+)
- MULTIPLE SHOW DISCOUNTS ARE AVAILABLE
- GROUP DISCOUNTS ARE AVAILABLE
- FREE FOR ELIGIBLE ASTC PASSPORT MEMBERS!

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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BOX OFFICE HOURS

TUE-SAT: 2-3:45 pm
EVENINGS:  1/2 hour prior to first show
SUN: CLOSED
PHONE & RECORDED INFO:  920-832-2848

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SPECIAL EVENT: Mercury TransitWatchTransitWatch Logo Banner

Monday, May 9, 2016
7:00 am - 1:45 pm
Fees (includes one planetarium show and telescope viewing)
- non-members:  $6/person
- members:  $4/person

For the first time since November 2006, Mercury will pass in front of the Sun.  It won’t happen again until November 2019.  Although this event won’t be as spectacular as the Venus transit in June 2012 – Mercury is 1/3 the diameter of Venus and twice as far away – only special optical instruments WITH SPECIAL SAFETY FILTERS will be able to view the transit.  The Barlow will have those special instruments available.

DUE TO THE WEATHER DEPENDENCE OF THIS EVENT, ONLINE TICKET SALES WILL BE USED UNTIL THE BARLOW IS 100% SURE THE WEATHER WILL COOPERATE.

  • 7:00 am | Transit Viewing Begins
  • 8:00 am | Wisconsin Skies:  Mercury Transit
  • 9:30 am | Solar System Exploration
  • 10:45 am | Solar System Exploration
  • 12:00 pm | Solar System Exploration
  • 1:45 pm |  Transit Viewing Ends

SPECIAL EVENT: Astronomy Day 2016Astronomy Day Logo Banner

Saturday, May 14, 2016
12:00-5:00 pm & 8:00-10:30 pm

Each spring, with the assistance of the Northeast Wisconsin Stargazers (NEWSTAR), the Barlow Planetarium celebrates all things astronomy and space on Astronomy Day offering special programs with special discounted prices.

Throughout the afternoon, members of the NEWSTAR Astronomy Club will have displays and telescopes set up in the Barlow lobby.  The Barlow will also be performing space science demonstrations between the scheduled planetarium programs.

AFTERNOON SCHEDULE

   Afternoon Fees

     -   $4/person for one show
     -   $7/person for two shows
     - $10/person for three shows
     - $13/person for all four shows
     - ALL ACTIVITIES IN THE BARLOW LOBBY ARE FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

EVENING SCHEDULE

  Evening Fees
    - $4/person for one show
    - $7/person for both shows

PLEASE NOTE:  ONLINE TICKETING WILL BE AVAILABLE, HOWEVER, DISCOUNTS WILL ONLY BE AVAILABLE FOR BOX OFFICE SALES.

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

Saturday, May 14, 2016, 8:00 to 10:30 pm (Sunset at 8:15 pm)

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 a full astronomy experience: planetarium shows and telescopes all on one astronomy-packed evening.

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.

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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2016 Barlow Family Astronomy Nights

June 11, 2016, 8-11 pm (sunset:  8:37 pm)
July 9, 2016, 8-11 pm (sunset:  8:38 pm)
August 13, 2016, 7-11 pm (sunset: 8:02 pm)
September - CLOSED FOR MAINTENANCE
October 8, 2016, 6-9 pm (sunset: 6:22 pm)
November 5, 2016, 6-9 pm (sunet: 5:39 pm)
December 10, 2016, 6-9 pm (sunset: 4:15 pm)

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Laser Shows - LASERS WILL RETURN IN SEPTEMBER!

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SkyLase ImageEach winter, the Barlow Planetarium allows guests to experience rock music with all their senses!  Just don't hear the music - see and feel it as well.  Music is brought alive using Barlow’s 10,000 watts of digital sound, the latest full-color and full-dome laser projection technology, and the incredible full-theater virtual-reality capabilities of the Barlow’s Digistar.

PLEASE NOTE:  DUE TO THE LOUD NATURE OF THE MUSIC AND STROBING LIGHT EFFECTS, ROCK LASER SHOWS ARE NOT RECOMMENDED FOR CHILDREN!

 

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SHOW TIMES:  SEPTEMBER 30, 2016 - JANUARY 28, 2017

DATE 7:00 PM 8:15 PM 9:30 PM

FRIDAYS
9/30, 10/7, 10/14,
10/21 & 10/28

Fright Light Laser Beatles

Pink Floyd's
The Wall

SATURDAYS
10/1, 10/15, 10/22
& 10/29

Fright Light Laser Metallica

Pink Floyd's
Dark Side of the Moon

SATURDAY
10/8
Barlow Family Astronomy Night Pink Floyd
Double Feature

FRIDAYS
11/4, 11/11, 11/18
& 11/25

Laser U2 LaseRetro Pink Floyd's
The Wall

SATURDAYS
11/12, 11/19 & 11/2
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Laseropolis Laser X

Pink Floyd's
Dark Side of the Moon

SATURDAY
11/5
Barlow Family Astronomy Night Pink Floyd
Double Feature
FRIDAYS
12/2, 12/9, 12/16, 12/23
& 12/30
Laser Holidays Laser Vinyl Pink Floyd's
The Wall
SATURDAYS
12/3 & 12/17
Laser Holidays Laser Zeppelin

Pink Floyd's
Dark Side of the Moon

SATURDAY
12/10
Barlow Family Astronomy Night Pink Floyd
Double Feature
FRIDAYS
1/6, 1/13, 1/20 & 1/27
Hypnotica ElectroLaze Pink Floyd's
The Wall
SATURDAYS
1/14, 1/21 & 1/28
Laser Zeppelin Laser Metallica

Pink Floyd's
Dark Side of the Moon

SATURDAY
1/7
Barlow Family Astronomy Night Pink Floyd
Double Feature

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Admission

- FREE FOR BARLOW MEMBERS!
- Single Feature:  $10  per Person
- Double Feature:  $17 per person (if purchased before the first show) - $3 SAVINGS!
- Triple Feature: $22 per person (if purchased before the first show) - $8 SAVINGS!
- $17 per Person for Pink Floyd Double Feature
- MULTIPLE SHOW DISCOUNTS ARE AVAILABLE
- GROUP DISCOUNTS ARE AVAILABLE
- DISCOUNTED FOR ELIGIBLE ASTC PASSPORT MEMBERS!

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

NEWSTAR Astronomy Club Meeting Wednesday, March 16, 2016
Meeting in Barlow.

NEWSTAR is the Fox Cities local astronomy club. Our meetings are held on the third Wednesday of every month at 7:00 PM at UW-Fox Valley. Meetings are free and open to the public. Meetings usually include lectures, demonstrations or discussions on all things astronomical.   Additional information about NEWSTAR can be found here.