Discover the Aurora Borealis at the UWSP Planetarium
For the City-Times
Learn more about one of the sky’s most beautiful phenomena, the aurora borealis, at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point Allen F. Blocher Planetarium this fall.
“Aurora!” will be shown at 2 p.m. Sundays, Sept. 14, 21, 28 and Oct. 5, 12 and 19. Presented free of charge, the show takes a deeper look at the lights of the aurora borealis, its first interpretations by native people, and the scientists who have studied it, from Galileo to Benjamin Franklin. Learn how the aurora borealis is linked not only to the Earth’s magnetic field, but to the activity of the sun.
The planetarium doors open 30 minutes before the scheduled program. Designed for a general audience, planetarium programs appeal to all age groups. Seating is first come, first served for up to 60 people. Groups of 15 or more may schedule a special showing of any planetarium program by calling 715-346-2208. There is a cost of $25 per group for these special presentations.
On Monday evenings, the “Night Skies of Fall” program is offered in the planetarium at 8 p.m. An optional visit to the recently upgraded Arthur J. Pejsa Observatory for sky viewing through the telescope may follow if skies are clear.
The planetarium, www.uwsp.edu/physastr/plan_obs, is located on the second floor of the UW-Stevens Point Science Building at the corner of Reserve Street and Fourth Avenue. Parking is available in Lot X near the building entrance, and is free in all university lots after 7 p.m.