UW Planetarium November Schedule Includes Yellowstone Supervolcano Program | News

November 3, 2021

Enceladus (left), an icy moon of Saturn, and Yellowstone National Park both have natural geysers that eject boiling water. Visitors will experience both during the “Yellowstone to Enceladus” program on Friday, November 19 at 7 p.m. at the UW Harry C. Vaughan Planetarium. (Photo by UW Planetarium)

A program on Yellowstone National Park being a potential supervolcano will highlight the University of Wyoming’s Harry C. Vaughan Planetarium program this month.

“Our November schedule will feature a diverse set of new and returning programs. Presentations on the ‘remains’ of the solar system, the origin of life and Wyoming’s own supervolcano, Yellowstone, will complement the live shows,” says Max Gilbraith, planetarium coordinator. “Afternoon film programs will look at the sun and the high energy physics of the cosmos. We avoid having shows during home football games, so there will be no programs on November 6 and 27. Additionally, we will be closed the week of Thanksgiving.

To obtain tickets or receive more program information, email [email protected] or leave a voicemail and call-back 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.

The November schedule is as follows:

— “The Leftovers! Asteroids, Comets, Meteors, and Rings,” Friday, November 5, 7 p.m. including meteor streaks in the sky, fireballs, comet tails and craters. Space missions have just begun exploring Asteroid Bennu and Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. What is NASA doing about it? learn more about the Earth and defend it against these celestial curiosities?

— “Wyoming Skies,” Tuesday, November 9, 7 p.m. This program features an exploration of the stars, constellations, planets, meteor showers and other celestial phenomena visible from Wyoming for the season.

— “You are a star!” », Friday, November 12, 7 p.m. Take a trip through space and time, from the Big Bang 14 billion light years ago to the present day. This program will track energy and matter from the first atoms, the stars that forged the elements inside of us.

— Full-dome film: “The Sun: our living star”, Saturday 13 November, 2 p.m. The sun consumes 600 million tons of hydrogen per second and is 500 times more massive than all the planets combined. Viewers will uncover the secrets of the sun and experience never-before-seen footage of its violent surface in an immersive full-dome format.

— “From Yellowstone to Enceladus”, Friday, November 19 at 7 p.m. Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming was designated the first national park over 100 years ago. Today, millions flock to its displays of volcanic power, as half of the world’s known geysers are found in the park. A billion miles away – on an icy Saturn moon – a similar power lies below the surface, causing fantastic plumes of ice to shoot into space. The boiling and acidic hot basins of Yellowstone are home to extreme life forms. Could Enceladus too? Despite the charm of Yellowstone National Park, is it really a ticking time bomb? And what can we do to mitigate a supervolcano eruption there?

— Full-dome film: “Hot and Energetic Universe”, Saturday, November 20, 2 p.m. This documentary, with the use of immersive visualizations and real 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.

— “Wyoming Skies,” Tuesday, November 30, 7 p.m. The program features an exploration of the stars, constellations, planets, meteor showers and other celestial phenomena visible from Wyoming for the season.

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.

Arline J. Mercier