Metro Wire Staff
The public is invited to take an up-close tour of the solar system through a free show at the Allen F. Blocher Planetarium at UW-Stevens Point.
“Gods of the Solar System” will be offered at 2 p.m. Sundays, Oct. 20 and 27 and Nov. 3, 10, 17 and 24. The show presents the mythology, history, and characteristics of the planetary bodies in the solar system, many named for mythical gods such as Jupiter and Neptune.
On Monday evenings, the free “Night Sky” program is offered at 8 p.m. in the planetarium to look in detail at objects in the current night sky.
Planetarium seating is first come, first served for up to 55 people, and admission is free.
The Arthur J. Pejsa Observatory telescope is open for free viewings from 8:30-10 p.m. Monday through Wednesday evenings if the skies are clear and the temperature is above 10 degrees Fahrenheit.
Groups of 15 or more may schedule a special showing of any planetarium program for $25 per group. To learn more about showings or to check if the observatory is open, call 715-346-2208 or go to www.uwsp.edu/physastr/plan_obs.
The planetarium and observatory are located on the second and fourth floors, respectively, of the UW-Stevens Point Science Building at the corner of Reserve Street and Fourth Avenue.
Parking is available in Lot D behind the building and is free in all university lots after 7 p.m. and on weekends.