August Is the Time to Visit UW’s Planetarium
You’re in for a real treat with the August Planetarium shows at the Harry C. Vaughan University of Wyoming Planetarium. Seriously! On August 19 after the show guests are able to see and eat ice cream made with liquid nitrogen! And thanks to November renovations the picture quality is similar to that of IMAX theatres.
“These shows will explore constellations and mythology, water in the universe, the mighty Uranus and the history of astronomy,” says Travis Laurance, the planetarium’s director.
Doors open 20 minutes before each show. Shows start at 8p.m. in the basement of the Physical Sciences building. Kid-themed shows have moved to every other Wednesday at 11 a.m. Ticket prices are $2 for students and $3 for non-students.
Purchase your tickets at the Department of Physics main office Monday through Thursday from 8a.m.-4:30p.m. and Friday from 8a.m.-noon. The main office is located in room 204 of the Physical Sciences Building (east of the health and sciences center and south of the geology building).
The August planetarium schedule is as follows:
-- Full-Dome Movie: “Back to the Moon for Good,” Wednesday, Aug. 5, 11 a.m. The days of lunar exploration peaked in the 1960s and ‘70s. They started with a dream to send a man to space and ended with astronauts walking, driving and even golfing on the lunar surface. But man has not set foot on the moon for more than 40 years. “Back to the Moon for Good” explores the Google Lunar X-Prize: mankind’s renewed dream to get back to the moon, this time for good. After the show, the group is invited to the rooftop to observe the sun.
-- A Midsummer Night’s Sky, Friday, Aug. 7, 8 p.m. As summer draws to a close and the sun sets earlier in the evening, a new myriad of stars and constellations become visible. These newly visible wonders and the planets that accompany them in our evening sky will be explored. A Led Zeppelin Unbound laser light show follows at 9 p.m.
-- Uranus, Friday, Aug. 14, 8 p.m. The father of Saturn and the grandfather of Jupiter, Uranus continually plays an important role in our solar system. Pale blue and farther away than 1 billion miles, Uranus has intrigued humans since the 18th century. This program will explore this gas giant, and discover basic and advanced information of Uranus.
-- A Journey to Absolute Zero, Wednesday, Aug. 19, 11 a.m. The solar system has a wide range of climates. If you thought Laramie had temperamental weather, join this program that explores just how extreme the temperatures of the universe can be. The program will start with the temperature as hot as possible, with an effort to make it down to absolute zero. After the show, patrons are welcome to make and eat liquid nitrogen ice cream.
-- Water, Water Everywhere, Friday, Aug. 21, 8 p.m. More than two-thirds of the Earth is covered in liquid water. Where did all that water come from, and does it exist elsewhere in our solar system? This program will explore the potential for liquid water in the solar system and what that could mean for the existence of extraterrestrial life. A U2 laser light show follows at 9 p.m.
-- The History of Astronomy, Friday, Aug. 28, 8 p.m. Since ancient times, astronomy -- the study of the cosmos -- has been an integral part of science, religions and cultures around the world. In this engaging show, learn all about the people, myths, legends and discoveries in astronomy through the ages -- from ancient Greek philosophers and their thought experiments to modern day cosmologists and theoretical physicists. Embark on a journey through time and explore the history of astronomy.