Friday Night Shows

March 25 through May 6, 7:00 pm - 7:55 pm Fridays

The Friday Night Show highlights a special topic every 4-6 weeks. Shows last about an hour. Tickets are just $3 per person. Past Friday Night Shows are available here.

Our shows start promptly at 7:00pm, so please try to be here 15 – 20 minutes early to purchase tickets and find a good seat.


¡Se fue la luz! A Night Under the Caribbean Sky

Fridays, March 25 – May 6, 2016
7 – 7:55pm
Manfred Olson Planetarium, Physics Building
Tickets $3

Groove to the music of the tropics in A Night Under the Caribbean Sky, presented by the UWM Planetarium and the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CLACS). Recorded and live stirring percussion performances featuring Cecilio Negrón and his youth drummers from Proyecto Bembe, a local non-profit music education program funded by CLACS, will transport the UWM Planetarium into a cultural retreat across the Caribbean. Audiences will learn about three distinct cultures: Cuba, Haiti and Puerto Rico. The journey will unfold Fridays, March 25 through May 6, 2016. Tickets are $3 and can be purchased 30 minutes before the beginning of the show.

The show includes an indoor stargazing portion to look at familiar patterns such as the Big Dipper and less familiar patterns such as Leo the Lion and Virgo. Audiences are encouraged to ask questions at the end of the program.


Journey to Jupiter

Wed, Thurs & Fri July 13-15 & 20-22
7 – 7:55pm   (Ice Cream Social at 6pm w/purchase of ticket)
Manfred Olson Planetarium, Physics Building
Tickets $5

Take a trip to Jupiter and discover the theories behind the creation of the giant. Learn about NASA’s Juno mission to Jupiter and how it hopes to give us clues on not just how Jupiter formed, but the rest of the solar system as well. Audiences will also learn about prior missions to Jupiter including Galileo, and Voyager 1 & 2. At 6 pm, prior to each show, enjoy cosmic sundaes at an ice cream social with the purchase of a ticket. The journey happens on July 13-15 and July 20-22, 2016 from 7-8 pm. Tickets are $5 and can be purchased one hour prior to each show.

Audiences are encouraged to ask questions at the end of the program. The show includes an indoor stargazing portion to look at familiar patters such as the Big Dipper, Cygnus, and less familiar ones such as the Northern Crown & Hercules.