New Schedules Highlight UW Planetarium Schedule for New Year | News

22 December 2021

stones arranged in the shape of a wheel on a hill

The Bighorn Medicine Wheel near Lovell is one of the largest of many similar ancient structures on the Western Plains of America. Its cairns, rays and alignment allow an accurate measurement of celestial activity. The Harry C. Vaughan Planetarium at the University of Wyoming will host a “Native Astronomies of the American West” program at 7:00 pm on Friday January 14th. (Photo from UW Planetarium)

To kick off the New Year, visitors to the Harry C. Vaughan Planetarium at the University of Wyoming will be exposed to new programs that will allow them to vacation in the solar system; discover the star know-how of the indigenous peoples of the West; receive an update on the Parker solar probe mission; and learn about Artemis I’s planned trip to the moon in the spring.

“The New Year allows us to set goals, improve ourselves and discover new things. We hope to do all of this with our audience with our planetarium programs in January, ”says Max Gilbraith, the planetarium coordinator. “With the football schedule coming to an end, expect the regular Saturday afternoon lineup to return with our rotating movie schedule. On Friday evening we will have our live presentations on new and familiar topics in astronomy. “

Gilbraith adds that the second and final Tuesday evening in January will be set aside for the “Wyoming Skies” program so that attendees can see the changing constellations, the movement of the planets and other topical celestial activities. Depending on the weather, the planetarium will host a public observation night towards the end of January.

To obtain tickets or receive more program information, email [email protected] or leave a voicemail message and callback phone number at (307) 766-6506. Tickets cost $ 5 for the public and $ 3 for students, seniors, veterans, first responders, and those under the age of 18. Places are free for children under 5 years old.

Reservations or pre-purchases are not required and walk-in tours are welcome. Tickets can be purchased online with a credit card, booked by email or voicemail, or purchased at the start of the show. Cash or checks accepted at the door. The planetarium, which can accommodate 58 people, is located in the basement of the Physical Sciences Pavilion. Seats are allocated on a first come, first served basis outside of designated ADA / wheelchair spaces.

To pay for tickets with a credit card, go to For a group of more than six people, email the planetarium for a private show at Tickets for private shows are the same as for public programs.

A film and a special live lecture for the public will be presented each week. All programs last approximately one hour. If time permits, part of the show may also focus on a live sky tour or additional information related to the subject of the film.

The January program is:

– “Holiday of the solar system”, Friday January 7, at 7 pm. This program will offer a tour of the most exciting and relaxing places in the solar system. See giant ice geysers, lava lakes and aurorae; or watch the sunset over methane lakes over the sun’s eerie moons and planets.

– Film in full dome: “From the Earth to the Universe”, Saturday January 8, 2 pm. been people. This journey of celestial discovery explores the theories of ancient Greek astronomers to today’s largest telescopes.

– “Wyoming Skies”, Tuesday January 11 at 7 pm. The program features exploration of the stars, constellations, planets, meteor showers, and other celestial phenomena visible from Wyoming for the season.

– “Indigenous Astronomies of the American West”, Friday January 14, at 7 pm. Visitors can learn about the western star knowledge through ancient medicine wheels, petroglyphs, and oral histories of the ancients.

– Film in full dome: “Mexican archaeoastronomy: between space and time”, Saturday January 15, 2 pm. This program illustrates the important role played by astronomical observation in the evolution of pre-Hispanic cultures in central Mexico.

– “Parker Solar Probe Update”, Friday, January 21, 7:00 p.m. NASA’s Parker Solar Probe completed its 10th close approach to the sun on November 21, within 5.3 million miles of the solar surface . The spacecraft will transmit scientific data from the December 23 meeting in January. 9. The data will cover the properties and structure of the solar wind as well as the dusty environment near the sun.

– Film in full dome: “The Sun: our living star”, Saturday January 22, 2:00 pm The sun consumes 600 million tons of hydrogen per second and is 500 times more massive than all the planets put together. Viewers will discover the secrets of the sun and experience never-before-seen images of its violent surface in immersive full-dome format.

– “Wyoming Skies”, Tuesday, January 25, 7 pm. The program features exploration of the stars, constellations, planets, meteor showers, and other celestial phenomena visible from Wyoming for the season.

– “Apollo to Artemis: From Humans to the Moon”, Friday January 28, 7:00 PM Visitors can see the history of lunar exploration and learn about the latest efforts to bring humanity back to the moon . Artemis I is gearing up for a spring launch date. The unmanned Orion spacecraft will embark on a 25-day journey to the moon and back.

– Film in full dome: “The dawn of the space age”, Saturday, January 29, 2 p.m. From the launch of Sputnik, the first artificial satellite, to the magnificent moon landings and private space flights, viewers will be immersed in this historical reconstruction specifies the first steps of man in space.

Arline J. Mercier