UWSP Releases April Planetarium Schedule and Young Scientist Programs

Subway wire staff

From telling Native American stories to presentations on exploring the solar system, UW-Stevens Point has something for almost everyone this April.

UWSP’s Allen F. Blocher Planetarium and Arthur J. Pejsa Observatory are offering several free public programs next month. Donations are accepted.

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

The event is sponsored by the student organization Native American Center and American Indians Reaching for Opportunities at UWSP.

The Monthly Junior Scientist Planetarium Program will be held from 3:30-4 p.m. on Sunday, April 16, in conjunction with the UW-Stevens Point Museum of Natural History. The program is designed for children in kindergarten through third grade.

In “World Tales of the Moon,” kids will hear stories about the moon from around the world, 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 robotic 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 located 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.

For more information, go to www.uwsp.edu/physastr/plan_obs/Pages/default.aspx.

Arline J. Mercier