Planetarium Features Full September Schedule

Planetarium Features Full September Schedule

A wide variety of in-person events are scheduled for UWM’s Manfred Olson Planetarium in September.

The planetarium will also take part in Open Doors Milwaukee late in the month, featuring along with attractions across the city.

September 1, 2022: Stars ‘n S’mores 

Date: Thursday, September 1, 2022

Time: 8:00 – 10:00 p.m.

Location: UWM Planetarium

Cost: Free

Registration Link: N/A. For more info, see uwm.edu/planetarium

Join the UWM Planetarium for our popular outdoor event, Stars & S’mores! Enjoy eating delicious s’mores and relax outside while gazing at summer constellations through our telescopes. S’mores kits are free (one per person while supplies last). We will also offer free planetarium shows every 15-20 minutes. This event is open to the public.

Not recommended for children under 4. For questions about this event, please email planetarium@uwm.edu.

September 2, 2022: Constellations of the Zodiac: Virgo 

Date: Friday, September 2, 2022

Time: 7:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Location: UWM Planetarium

Cost: $6 General/$5 UWM Students

Registration Link: https://uwm.universitytickets.com/w/event.aspx?id=1812

Delve into the astronomy and mythology behind the zodiac and learn how to find your zodiac constellation in the night sky. In this live, interactive show, we will explore the stories and science of the zodiac constellations with a focus on what makes this month’s constellation, Virgo, unique.

The program will include an indoor stargazing session of the night sky followed by the opportunity to ask questions. Not recommended for children under 4. For questions about this event, please email planetarium@uwm.edu.

September 23, 2022: Dancing Under the Stars: Bachata & Merengue

Date: Friday, September 23, 2022

Time: 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Location: UWM Planetarium

Cost: Free

Co-Sponsor(s): UWM Sociocultural Programming, Roberto Hernández Center  

Registration Link: N/A. For more info, see uwm.edu/planetarium

Celebrate Latinx Heritage Month with a night of dancing, music, and stars! This year’s focus is on the stars and culture of the Dominican Republic. We will offer two planetarium shows featuring stargazing in the Caribbean and guest speakers at 6:10 pm and 7:20 pm. In between shows, enjoy free refreshments and a demonstration of bachata and merengue dance styles. This event is cosponsored by the Roberto Hernández Center and UWM Union Sociocultural Programming. No advance registration is required; check in at the ticket table to reserve your spots for the planetarium shows.

Schedule of Events

Planetarium show: 6:10 pm

Dancing: 6:40 – 7:15 pm

Planetarium show: 7:20 pm

September 24, 2022: Doors Open Milwaukee

Date: Saturday, September 24, 2022

Time: 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Location: UWM Planetarium

Cost: Free

Co-Sponsor(s): Historic Milwaukee

Guest Presenter(s): 

Join us for Doors Open Milwaukee! We will offer free 20-minute-long stargazing shows inside the planetarium every 45 minutes. Shows will be at 10:15 am, 11 am, 11:45 am, 12:30 pm, 1:15 pm, 2 pm, 2:45 pm, 3:30 pm, and 4:15 pm.

For questions about this event, please email planetarium@uwm.edu.

The Manfred Olson Planetarium is housed in the Department of Physics at UWM. Built in 1965, the Planetarium opened its doors in 1966 and was named after Manfred Olson (1903-1966), a professor of physics from 1931 to 1963. The theater is equipped with a Spitz A3P optomechanical projector that projects stars, planets, the Sun, and the Moon on the Planetarium’s 30-foot dome. Dr. Jean Creighton became director of the Planetarium in 2007 with the dream of heightening its visibility by offering astronomical programs to the general public and to private groups such as scout and school groups. Dr. Creighton developed creative and engaging programs, such as the Friday Night Show, AstroBreak, stargazing, and special events. Under her directorship, interest and attendance at the Planetarium has skyrocketed, giving children and adults alike the opportunity to share in her enthusiasm and love for astronomy!

September 30, 2022: Constellations of the Zodiac: Libra 

Date: Friday, September 30, 2022

Time: 7:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Location: UWM Planetarium

Cost: $6 General/$5 UWM Students

Registration Link: https://uwm.universitytickets.com/w/event.aspx?id=1836

Delve into the astronomy and mythology behind the zodiac and learn how to find your zodiac constellation in the night sky. In this live, interactive show, we will explore the stories and science of the zodiac constellations with a focus on what makes this month’s constellation, Libra, unique.

The program will include an indoor stargazing session of the night sky followed by the opportunity to ask questions. Not recommended for children under 4. For questions about this event, please email planetarium@uwm.edu.

Due to the confined space of the planetarium, we strongly recommend that our visitors wear masks when visiting the planetarium, regardless of vaccination status. 

Story posted August 23, 2022