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Barlow Planetarium at UWFox celebrates Astronomy Day with programs, film premiere

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Barlow Logo with Galaxy Picture The Barlow Planetarium at UWFox will host its annual celebration of Astronomy Day on Saturday, May 10.

Each year the Barlow, with the assistance of the Northeast Wisconsin Stargazers (NEWSTAR) Astronomy Club, celebrates with additional programming at the Barlow and displays and telescopes set up for free guest use in the Barlow lobby from 12-5 p.m. One of the highlights of this display will be a full-size replica of a Mercury capsule.

The Barlow box office will open at 11:30 a.m. on the day of the event, with the first program, an astronomy introduction called Our Place in Space, starting at 12 p.m. The Barlow favorite Larry Cat in Space will show at 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. and Orbit, a science demonstration program about space flight, will start at 2 p.m. in Room 1229. Attendees can participate in an interactive tour of the solar system at the 3 p.m. Solar System Exploration, and the 4 p.m. showing of Chasing the Ghost Particle will include a special presentation on the IceCube Neutrino Observatory in Antarctica by Professor Jim Madsen of WIPAC (Wisconsin IceCube Particle Astrophysics Center). Chasing the Ghost Particle will also have its standard showing at 7 p.m.

“The mission of Astronomy Day—‘Bringing Astronomy to the People’—closely matches the Barlow’s mission of ‘Sharing the Wonders of the Universe,’” said Alan Peche, director of the planetarium. “The programs offered on this day are typically only offered for students on field trips during the school year, so it’s very special to have these shows for a larger audience at a discounted admission.”

In addition to the astronomy programs throughout the day and evening, the Barlow will have telescopes available in its parking lot from 7-9 p.m. to view the Moon, Jupiter, Mars and Saturn. At 8 p.m. there will be a northeast Wisconsin premiere screening of The City Dark, an award-winning documentary film about light pollution and its affect on night-sky viewing.

With the exception of Orbit, all programs and films will be shown in the planetarium. Admission for the day will be as follows:

Afternoon Admission

  • $4/person for first show
  • $7/person for two shows
  • $10/person for three shows
  • $12/person for four shows
  • $14/person for ALL AFTERNOON shows

Evening Admission

  • $4/person for first show
  • $7/person for two shows

For the showing of The City Dark, admission prices will be $4 for Barlow members and $5 for non-members.

For additional information on these and other events at the Barlow Planetarium, please visit www.barlowplanetarium.org.