April Planetarium, Observatory, and Young Scientist Programs at UW-Stevens Point

STEVENS POINT – From Native American stories to presentations on solar system exploration, there’s something for all ages this April at the Allen F. Blocher Planetarium and Arthur J. Pejsa Observatory at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point .

Shows are free and open to the public, but donations are appreciated.

“Oral Traditions,” a show about Native American stories led by Oneida elder Karen Ann Hoffman, will be offered every hour from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on April 2 at the planetarium.

The Monthly Planetarium Program for Junior Scientists (K-3) will be held from 3:30-4 p.m. on April 16 in conjunction with the UW-Stevens Point Museum of Natural History. In “World Tales of the Moon”, young people will hear stories from around the world about the moon, from folk tales to sacred myths. Learn more at www.uwsp.edu/cols-ap/museum/Pages/Events.aspx.

April Planetarium shows for all ages are offered at 2 p.m. on Sundays:

  • April 3: “Back to the Moon for Good” – Hear the story of how the moon was explored, from the moon landing to the robot spacecraft, to how it might be explored in the future.
  • April 10: “Two Small Pieces of Glass-The Amazing Telescope” – Find out how the first telescopes were made and how the Hubble Space Telescope was launched.
  • April 24: ‘Fragile Planet: Earth’s Place in the Universe’ – Join actress Sigourney Weaver as she takes viewers on a journey through space.

Planetarium seating is first come, first served for a maximum of 55 people. Groups of eight or more can schedule a special screening of any planetarium program by calling 715-346-2208 or filling out an online request form. There is a cost of $25 per group for these presentations.

The Arthur J. Pejsa Observatory Telescope is open to the public free of charge from 8:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Monday through Wednesday evening. Tours will only take place if the sky is clear and the temperature is above 10 degrees Fahrenheit.

The planetarium and observatory are on the second and fourth floors of the UW-Stevens Point Science Building, 2001 Fourth Ave., Stevens Point. Parking is available in Lot D behind the building and is free in all university grounds after 7 p.m. and on weekends.

Learn more at www.uwsp.edu/physastr/plan_obs/Pages/default.aspx.

Arline J. Mercier