The UW Planetarium will begin evening programs an hour later starting in May | News

April 27, 2022

This composite image, from the European Southern Observatory’s (ESO) Paranal Observatory in northern Chile, shows an exoplanet – the red spot at lower left – orbiting the brown dwarf exoplanet known as 2M1207 (center). The UW Harry C. Vaughan Planetarium will host “Extrasolar Planets” on Friday, May 13 at 8 p.m. (ESO Paranal Observatory Photo)

The Harry C. Vaughan Planetarium at the University of Wyoming will begin evening programming an hour later starting in May, and three new programs will be part of the month’s lineup.

“With spring in full swing and the sun setting later, we will be moving our evening programs a little further into the evening, at 8 p.m.,” says Max Gilbraith, the planetarium coordinator. “Our hope is that, with more cooperative weather, we will be able to resume regular public viewing evenings after the Tuesday or Friday evening programs. Our Saturday morning movies will remain at 2:00 p.m.”

May will also bring new Friday night programs on astrology, extrasolar planets and science fiction, as shown in the movies.

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

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

To pay for tickets with a credit card, go to https://www.uwyo.edu/uwplanetarium/ticket.aspx. For a group larger than six, email the planetarium for a private show at https://uwyo.sjc1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_bKuqIynOn7gFK2F. 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 May schedule is as follows:

— Tuesday, May 3, 8 p.m.: “Wyoming Skies”. The program features an exploration of the stars, constellations, planets, meteor showers and other celestial phenomena visible from Wyoming for the season.

— Friday, May 6, 8 p.m.: “Astrology”. This program looks at the origins of astrology. Visitors will learn how astrology has affected the world and why civilizations are not dependent on astrology today.

— Saturday, May 7, 2 p.m.: “Europe to the Stars”, a full-dome film. This film takes viewers on an epic journey behind the scenes of the world’s most productive ground-based observatory – the European Southern Observatory – revealing science, history, technology and people.

— Saturday, May 7, 8 p.m.: “Liquid Sky: Indie Rock,” a sound and light show based on music. The program will include a personalized playlist of music from today’s top artists in 5.1 surround sound. The planetarium sky in 4K resolution will become a canvas of color, pattern and movement with state-of-the-art music visualization software and live VJ talent.

— Friday, May 13, 8 p.m.: “Extrasolar planets”. The program will explore planets that exist around other stars in our galaxy.

— Saturday, May 14, 2 p.m.: “Out There: Extrasolar Worlds”, a full-dome film. This film presents the primitive science fiction of the first civilizations; future space missions that will observe the universe in greater detail than ever before; and the ability to travel the surfaces and oceans of the moons of our solar system.

— Saturday, May 14, 8 p.m.: “Liquid Sky: Pop,” a sound and light show based on music. The program will include a personalized playlist of music from today’s top artists in 5.1 surround sound. The planetarium sky in 4K resolution will become a canvas of color, pattern and movement with state-of-the-art music visualization software and live VJ talent.

— Tuesday, May 17, 8 p.m.: “Wyoming Skies”. The program features an exploration of the stars, constellations, planets, meteor showers and other celestial phenomena visible from Wyoming for the season.

— Friday, May 20, 8 p.m.: “Science of Sci-Fi”. This program explores which sci-fi movies, such as “Star Wars” and “Armageddon,” got wrong and what the movies could have done to get it right.

— Saturday, May 21, 2 p.m.: “Hot and Energetic Universe,” a full-screen film. This documentary, with the use of immersive visualizations and real-life images, investigates the achievements of modern astronomy; the most advanced terrestrial and orbital observatories; the basic principles of electromagnetic radiation; and natural phenomena related to high energy astrophysics.

— Saturday, May 21, 8 p.m.: “Liquid Sky: Throwbacks,” a music-based light show. The ’80s nostalgia program, described as a mix of “Stranger Things” and “Guardians of the Galaxy”, will feature music from yesterday’s top artists in 5.1 surround sound. The planetarium sky in 4K resolution will become a canvas of color, pattern and movement with state-of-the-art music visualization software and live VJ talent.

— The planetarium will be closed May 27-31 for Memorial Day weekend.

For a more detailed description of these programs, go to www.uwyo.edu/physics/planetarium/schedule.html.

Arline J. Mercier