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AstroBreaks are free planetarium shows from 12:15-12:45 pm on select Wednesdays. All are welcome!

Each program includes a description of the night sky and some of its treasures, along with an exploration of a special astronomical topic. Past AstroBreaks can be found here.

Summer 2016

June 1: A night of stars
Speaker: Planetarium staff, Charo Martin-Kingsby
Get ready for beautiful summer nights: a whole show on stars and constellations!

June 8: Monsters Among Giants: The Story of Active Galaxies
Presenter: Philip Chang, Associate Professor
What are active galaxies and how are they different from their more prosaic non-active siblings.

July 13: Star Formation in Galaxies
Presenter: Angela Van Sistine, Postdoctoral Researcher
When we look at a galaxy with the naked eye, we primarily see light from the stars within that galaxy.  I will explain what is needed to form these stars, where star formation usually occurs, and how a galaxy’s star formation can change over time.

July 20: A Closer Look at Constellations
Presenter: Madeline Jordan, UWM Planetarium 
Constellations are far more than old connect-the-dot patterns in the sky.  Instead, scientists use constellations as puzzle pieces to map out the rest of the universe. The bright dots of stars all have different magnitudes, distances, and even special qualities.  They are far more than meets the eye.

August 10: Can you Park in Space?
Presenter:  Casey McGrath, Graduate Student
Have you ever stopped to wonder if you could place a satellite somewhere in the solar system and have it simply stay there, without drifting away over time?  Well it turns out that in certain 3-body systems (like a star, planet, and satellite) there exist special locations where the satellite can “park” and remain in its location.  This has enormous advantages for space missions and satellites, and has lead to the understanding of the “Trojan” asteroids in our solar system and the interplanetary superhighway.