On-Demand Shows Thank you to all who joined us live for our virtual programs! If you missed any of them, watch the recordings below. NASA’s Perseverance rover landed on Mars on February 18, 2021! Explore what we know about the habitability of the Red Planet and what this historic event means for our next great space adventure. The Moon captures our imagination like no other celestial body. Our closest neighbor can look red, it can be “blue,” and its rhythms and patterns manifest across the world in numerous cultural traditions and celebrations. What’s more, it’s the only place beyond Earth that humans have been to–and we’re planning to go back! Join us as we explore lunar topics ranging from eclipses, phases, cultural connections, and the next chapter in our exploration of the Moon. Experience stars, stories, and cultural perspectives throughout Latin America. Each Friday features a different guest speaker who will talk about a region dear to their heart including its culture and connections to the night sky. Experience stars, stories, and cultural perspectives across the expansive African continent. Each Friday features a different guest speaker and country! This week features Dr. Wilkistar Otieno of Kenya. Celebrate the astronomical innovations of the International Space Station, which has been continuously orbiting Earth for the last 20 years. From growing plants to water filtration and microgravity combustion, learn about the groundbreaking discoveries we’ve made through this international collaboration. NASA’s new planetary defense mission DART (Double Asteroid Redirection Test) is journeying toward the near-Earth asteroid, Didymos, where it will attempt to alter the trajectory of the asteroid’s moon. Join us in an exploration of Earth’s history with asteroids, then take a glimpse into the future of planetary defense against possible threats and learn how you can become a defender of Earth! Celebrate Latinx Heritage Month with a virtual star party in Chile. Astronomer Antonio Hales at the ALMA Observatory will take audiences on a virtual guide of the Chilean night sky. Chile is known as the “Capital of Astronomy” because of its very dark, clear skies. In his presentation, he will include aspects of the ALMA sounds project (http://www.almasounds.org) that he co-created. Many know shooting stars for the striking trails of light they give off, but their name is misleading since they are not shooting nor are they stars. These light trails, also known as meteors, are fragments of either comets or asteroids. When our Earth travels through the orbit of a comet, we are treated to a dazzling meteor shower. Dr. Jean Creighton, Director of the UWM Planetarium, describes how and when are the best times to see shooting stars. Twinkle, twinkle, little star, is a lullaby known by many, yet how much do you really know about the stars above? Astronomer and UWM Planetarium director Dr. Jean Creighton explores these glittering bursts of light we see each night in her Stars Have Stories series, hosted by the UWM Alumni Association Future Panther Academy. Watch the videos and check out the corresponding activities.