UWM Planetarium to host Lunar Party

On July 20, 2019, celebrate the 50th anniversary of the historic 1969 Apollo moon landing with an afternoon of activities, fun, food and music at the UWM Planetarium.

With an afternoon packed full of festivities both inside the UW-Milwaukee Physics building as well as in the courtyard outside, there will be something for everyone at this free event. Witness the monumental achievement of the moon landing, trace its contribution to technological breakthroughs that transformed our everyday lives and peer into the future of space exploration.

Festivities outside include a live DJ, rocket bounce house, face painting and more. Play lawn games to win prizes, check out the craft table and see the sun safely through a telescope. Pack a picnic lunch or purchase items from food trucks, including Purple Door Ice Cream. Take a photo with an actor wearing a precise replica of an Apollo 11 A7L space suit, and try on the helmet for free!

The Lunar Party will begin at noon and conclude at 3 p.m. Featured inside the Physics building will be free 20-minute planetarium shows at noon, 1 and 2 p.m., as well as 30-minute talks from space expert guest speakers at 12:30, 1:30 and 2:30 p.m. Nathan Salowitz, Janis Eells, and Rani Elhajjar will describe space exploration in the past, present and future. Visit the moon using a virtual reality headset in the hallway. Also on display will be artifacts and models of space exploration, including some of the first maps of the lunar surface provided by UWM’s American Geographical Society Library.

For any questions on the event, please email the UWM planetarium.

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