MONTHLY SPECIAL EVENT: Barlow Family Astronomy Night - MAY
Saturday, May 23, 2015, 8:00 to 11:00 pm (Sunset at 8:22 pm)
Celebrate Astronomy Day 2015 at Wisconsin's First Major Planetarium. Special exhibits, special shows and special prices throughout the day!
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
- 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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2015 Barlow Family Astronomy Nights
June 27, 2015, 8:00 to 11:00 pm (sunset: 8:44 pm)
25, 2015, 8:00 to 11:00 pm (sunset: 8:26 pm)
22, 2015, 7-10 pm (sunset: 7:48 pm)
26, 2015, 6-9 pm (sunset: 6:44 pm)
24, 2015, 6-9 pm (sunset: 5:55 pm)
November 21, 2015, 6-9 pm (sunset: 4:22 pm)
December 19, 2015, 6-9 pm (sunset: 4:17 pm)
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(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.
More Than Meets the Eye
January 7 - May 31, 2015
More Than Meets The Eye uses original and scientifically-accurate space artwork to depict the planets and deep-sky objects as people can actually expect to see them with and without various instruments. Throughout the program, audiences experience the joys of night-sky observing using the naked eye, binoculars and small telescopes. The show also compares the views from the backyard with observatory and spacecraft images. Each show concludes with a tour of the current nighttime sky – stars, constellations and planets – as seen from the Fox Valley and Northeast Wisconsin.
COMING SOON - FEATURE SHOWS
June 3 - September 6
(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.
Bear Tales and Other Grizzly Stories
March 3 - April 30, 2015
Bear Tales features a variety of stories as told by Grandpa Ben and his family as they camp out under the stars of early-summer. While sitting around the campfire, learn the stories of several constellations, in particular the Big Bear and the Little Bear. Suitable for audiences of all ages, this program on the origins of the constellations includes stories from ancient Greece and Egypt as well as modern humorous tales. Bear Tales is a perfect program for children and includes the sing-along, Waltzing with Bears. Each show concludes with a tour of the current nighttime sky – stars, constellations and planets – as seen from the Fox Valley and Northeast Wisconsin.
Lifestyles of the Stars
May 2 - July 2, 2015
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.
COMING SOON - FEATURE SHOWS
July 4 - September 6